Message From Andy (Youth Minister)
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.
- Acts 2:1-2
We are completing a study called “How to Be a Man” in our Guys’ Bible Study group at J.A.M. on Wednesday nights. One of the topics of this study is “Commitment,” and I had one of those awesome, God-given LIGHT BULB moments as I was reading the daily devotion that goes along with the study.
The first sentence reads, “A common mistake we make concerning our walk with Christ is comparing ourselves to the pre-Pentecost disciples.” Well, that got my attention!
Before Pentecost, we read about the disciples as they walked with Jesus and times where they were fearful, such as during the storm when Jesus walked out to them on the water, or when they denied Jesus, such as when Peter denied Christ three times after He was arrested.
But, after Pentecost, we read about those same disciples and see the CHANGE in their lives. Peter, who had denied Christ, is now willing to be persecuted and beaten for Him. Andrew was crucified for sharing the Gospel. With only the exception of John, the disciples became martyrs for their faith in Jesus. So, this makes me ask myself: Am I more like the disciples before Pentecost or the disciples after Pentecost? How far am I willing to go for my Savior?
Church family, the persecution of Christians I see around me every day is growing. But more than that, the persecution our Youth experience for Christ is growing. Being told not to wear church shirts to school, not to have Bible verses on their computer screen backgrounds, not to pray at lunch. My prayer for them is that they would stand for Christ as His disciples did after Pentecost!
John 14:15-17 tells us: “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
Walking with Christ is all about TRANSFORMATION, becoming that new, changed person after we are saved and continuing to be more like Christ as we continue our walk until He calls us Home. PRAISE GOD, we are not alone in this walk!