Pentecost and Balloons

Today in church we celebrated Pentecost. This celebration falls on the seventh Sunday after Easter. Pentecost is important because it is when the first Christians were filled with the Holy Spirit, giving them the power they needed to minister to the rest of the world.

So what in the world does Pentecost have in common with balloons? In our children's sermon, the speaker had the kids blow up some balloons. Then he pointed out that the DEFLATED balloons, or the ones with only a little air, really weren't much fun. But when you blow the balloons up, all of a sudden you can play with them. They look prettier. And you can even make some interesting noises with them when you let the air out, as the children so obligingly demonstrated.

The point was this: like balloons, Christians who are not filled with the Holy Spirit are not much use to the church. It is only when we allow ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit that we can minister, can fulfill the mission Christ has for us. The tasks of this world sometimes deflate us, and we need to go back to the Word of God for "more air," so to speak. So that we can be pretty. And useful.

In John 7:37, Jesus says, " "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink." So…are you thirsty? Do you need to be filled?

Spirit of the Living God

Spirit of the living God

Fall afresh on me

Spirit of the living God

Fall afresh on me.

Break me, melt me

Mould me, fill me.

Spirit of the living God

Fall afresh on me.

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