How many Anglicans does it take to change a light bulb?
One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks, and one to talk about how much better the old one was.
I have a stock of these lightbulb quips and you will find the odd one spattered through out my copy this month.
The purpose of them is to draw your attention to change. The whole Christian faith is based on change. Change from darkness to light, from unbelief to faith, from hate to love, from death to life the fact is the Christian faith, belief in our Lord Jesus Christ means one thing change of us, the people we are to the people that Jesus wants us to become. And the powerhouse for that change is the Holy Spirit.
On 4th June we celebrate Pentecost the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples. Acts 2
At Pentecost the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in foreign languages they had never learned before. A crowd gathered, people from all over the world, and that crowd listened and understood as the disciples preached the Gospel. The Apostle Peter stood up and addressed the crowd – he gave a beautiful sermon that God the Holy Spirit inspired him to preach.
The reaction to that sermon was 3000 people came to faith and were baptized. All we know about the 3000 is they were not Christians, and on that day they were changed into believers.
At Pentecost we see the change that took place in the disciples, and the change that took place in those 3000 people. Our broken and needy world needs change. The world needs the change that faith in Jesus Christ can bring. Are we like the disciples before Pentecost – confused, weak, timid afraid of declaring our faith?
The Holy Spirit was given to us at our baptisms at our confirmations all we have to do is call on His power to turn us more and more into the Christian that God wants us to be. We need to call on Him to change us.
Pentecost can be summed up in one word change and no light bulbs required. May the Holy Spirit continue to work in you, to change you, to fan into flame the fire that is in each one of you.
God Bless you and those for whom you pray.