Even servants & handmaidens

hopeLife is one big adventure. We all encounter pain, sorrow and sadness as well as joy in our experience of God’s plan for our lives.

We take a lifetime to discover, learn and grow in the wisdom of God as it unfolds in our lives. As the revelation of who God is and what he has done both for us, and in us breaks our stubborn hearts, grace begins it’s liberating work; setting us free and giving us hope and promise for the future.

After the shocking and scandalous death of Christ on the cross came the staggering, earthquake of the resurrection. Christ was risen! The truth tore open the heavens. Christ had died for our sins, had been punished in our place, and had taken the very punishment that was ours. Accompanying this profound work was the imputation to us of his absolute righteousness. All our guilt was removed, his holiness was transferred to us in keeping with his great design and plan for us.

But then God poured out his Holy Spirit. It was something that he had spoken of years and years before through a prophet called Joel. Joel’s parents had no idea of the way that God would use the words of their son to affirm and announce the greatest outpouring of the Breath of God on planet Earth.

You have no idea what significance your prophetic words might have in the future, and you mostly worry about today. There’s a lesson right there.

In the midst of the roar of the sound of visitation in Jerusalem as the disciples gathered, the words of Joel brought a staggering sense of God’s presence, purpose and intention into the hearts of men. Accompanying it was conviction, the fear of God and deep heart-thumping repentance. God was back!!!

It seemed that Joel had heard that God wanted to pour out His Spirit and do a majestic, awesome work, and he was spot on.
Young or old, man or woman, boy or girl – Joel expressed God’s declaration that a prophetic people were emerging. Hearing, seeing, dreaming – signs, wonders and miracles. And now Peter, an apostle of Christ shouts out the prophecy explaining God’s agenda for that new day.

And the story continues importantly, “Even on my servants, both men and women…”

No matter who you are, what you are, where you are – God wants to flood your heart with His Spirit.

The implications of that are obvious and breathtaking. Let God stir up the fire in your heart!

“In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy. ” (Acts 2:17–18)