Pentecost changes things
John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning. But I have said these things to you so that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you about them.
The Work of the Spirit
‘I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, “Where are you going?” But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgement: about sin, because they do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; about judgement, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
We have been equipped just like the disciples on the day of Pentecost. We have been equipped with a voice, to use our breath and abilities to speak of God’s redemption in a world that is longing for a bit of Good News these days. Our individual giftedness might not be to speak to Parthains and Medes, Cretes, and Arabs – but as a child of God we have all been given the breath that becomes the voice of God to those around us – speaking peace, justice, love, inclusion, and grace. The RUAH blowing over the disciples that day of Pentecost was up to something calling forth something new, something different, reforming the way the disciples understood their role and the role of God in the world. That same animating wind is still up to something in our world today – calling forth renewal and reform as the church continues to witness to and testify to the breath of God given to each of us. We as God’s children have been given the power to blow change into our world – so that peace, love, and grace might begin to take root in our world and the work that God began in creation - to order and subdue the chaos – might begin to be real.
So what is God calling you to use your voice for? How is God equipping you with time, talent’s and treasures for the building up of God’s love for the world? May this Pentecost be a renewed hearing of the voice of God that calls us to be advocates for those in need for the sake of the entire world. May this Pentecost be a renewal of all our baptismal promises, to live for justice and peace, so that all may come to know the love of God that surpasses all understanding. May that same animating and reforming Spirit continue to push and blow the church of Jesus Christ into the corners of our world that need to hear of mercy, grace and love. Come Holy Spirit. Amen.