“And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’” – Acts 2:12-13
To those that think that God doesn’t move big like this (Acts 2:2-4) anymore—please seek out someone in the Christian community and ask them if they’ve seen God move. Chances are they will say yes. I’ve witnessed amazing healing, and experienced His calling straight to my heart, specific reassurances via His servants who know nothing about what I’m going through, and mighty transformation of awful situations into ones that cause growth. I’m willing to talk about each to any who needs some sort of reassurance.
On the first Pentecost, God moves big. He sends fire and wind and the gift of speaking in tongues. He makes a scene because He desires a response. And by the end of the chapter, we have two—a positive and a negative.
First, the positive response (Acts 2:12, 37-38, 41-47). The people seek a proper way to respond to God’s call. They wrestle with this great movement that God has just inflamed. They listen to Peter’s words, digest how God moved, and asked “What now?” That’s powerful. That question brought about the early church.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” – Acts 2:42
Do you respond with heightened anticipation of God’s calling? Do you feel Him leading you now? Wrestle with Him—what next?
What about the negative response? We see the people in verse 13 of this passage respond with mocking.
“But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’- Acts 2:13”
How was this group’s response to God’s magnificent move different? It appears this group did not attempt to wrestle with what to do next as the radical ones did (Acts 2:12, 37). They, not understanding what they saw, chose to brush it off, not let it change them, and even go so far as to negatively react and stigmatize the act. Do you find yourself in this camp?
Are you tempted to brush off God’s calling to ministry, or His call to talk to that friend, or His call to act different to your family? Do you dismiss those radically Christian ideas in your head, such as “I should go talk to that man on the corner of the street,” or, ”What would happen if I tithed 20% instead of 10%?” What if you took the leap of faith and asked “What next, God?” How would your life look different? That’s my challenge for today—ask God for the next steps. You never know where they might lead.
“Faithfulness springs up from the ground, and righteousness looks down from the sky. Yes, the LORD will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him and make his footsteps a way.” – Psalm 85:11-13