God’s working in our lives does not happen all at once. It’s a step-by-step process that is months and even years in the making. God changes us slowly and we need to embrace that.
After the crucifixion of Jesus, Peter entered into the missionary phase in his life. He was confronting the unknown. His life was going to be full of danger and troubles.
It was Pentecost and Jerusalem was very crowded with Jews who had come from all over to celebrate. They even spoke different languages. Peter addressed the crowd. Acts 2:14-39. He told the people to repent and be baptized in Jesus’ name to be forgiven for their sins and to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
That day the Tower of Babel was reversed! 3,000 people were converted to Christianity and they went back home to different countries to share the Gospel. This amazing harvest happened because of God’s intervention, not because of people’s planning. And God used Peter.
Three things happened during Pentecost. Winds roared. Flames lit. Tongues opened. God was saying to the people “You are my home, I dwell in YOU.” The people were living tabernacles, filled with God’s presence.
The people then devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. They were a true learning community, as the church today needs to be. A healthy church needs to be a learning church, a compassionate church, a worshiping church, and a sharing and evangelizing church.
It is tempting to simply date God but He demands that the church be His bride. We can’t experience God’s joy in our life unless we are willing to work and make sacrifices to build and grow His church.