Acts 2:2 – And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting
I read this verse this morning, and something struck me. God is moving among the first century followers, preparing them to take His message of hope and love “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
But He knows they cannot do it alone. He knows they will need help for the words they speak, for the direction they go, and for the hearts that will not always be sure.
So He is going to send a part of Himself to be a part of them. A Helper to live within them to help them make better decisions, think better thoughts, and speak better words.
And as over one hundred of them are gathered together, waiting (Acts 1:15) and praying, God shows up.
Here is the part that caught me today – He “filled the whole house where they were sitting”.
He did not pick and choose which person among them received His Spirit.
He did not exclude anyone who was gathered in that room.
He did not disqualify anyone who was gathered in that room.
He did not ignore anyone who was gathered in that room.
Because He was not looking at their resumes and qualifications.
Because He was not judging based on their past choices.
Because He was not counting the coins in their pockets.
He is God, and He is good.
And “the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
And in that room in Jerusalem, …
He saw hearts open to His purpose and available to His presence.
He saw hearts blossoming with faith.
He saw hearts willing to live outside of their comfort zones and normal routines.
So He came upon each believer there.
No exceptions and no exclusions.
Everyone was touched by God that day.
And He can give the same touch, the same hope, and the same faith to you. If you are like those believers in that upper room – open, willing, and with a measure of faith.
Marie Fremin. 5/3/19