Last Sunday was Pentecost, a day we remember and give thanks for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Before he ascended, Jesus told the disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Then on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit did indeed come, indwelling and enabling the church for mission and ministry.
You may have noticed the liturgical color for Pentecost is red. There were red paraments in the sanctuary to help us remember and think about the fire of the Holy Spirit falling on the early church and falling on us. When I was getting ready for the 11:00 service, I went to the closet to pull out my red stole. I do not wear it often, so I was a little bit surprised to see how faded it is. What started as a bright red years ago has now turned into a dull pink.
It made me wonder if the same thing has happened to me? Through the years, have I become less dependent on the Spirit of God, falling into the trap of self-sufficiency? Have the fires of Pentecost been tamped out as self-idolatry has become the norm?
It was just a brief moment, but since then, I have not been able to shake the notion that my pink stole is symbolic of my own fading dependence on the Spirit. If it is true, then what is the remedy? How do I invite the Spirit of God back to the forefront? Here’s the prayer we’ll be singing at the beginning of 8:45 worship in the next few weeks:
Spirit of the living God fall afresh on me! Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me! Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me!
Yours in the Spirit of the Lord,