Jul 292020
 

All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” (Acts 2:12)

The first Pentecost story is not only about God’s Spirit endowing the disciples with the gift of languages. It is also about the astonishment and confusion of people when God’s ways are made manifest among them; it’s a story about how the establishment of God’s kingdom threatens the status quo (in both good and difficult ways). When we do things to bring about God’s desires here on earth, here in these towns of ours, we should expect that people will be “amazed and perplexed” – amazed because experiencing the world the way God intended it is life-changing, life-sustaining and perplexed because experiencing the world the way God intended it summons everyone to give up our personal interests for the good of others. This type of discipleship is surely counter-cultural, but it’s also they type of discipleship we need right now.               – rc

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