Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Acts 10:44-48

Acts 10:44-48
English Standard Version (ESV)

The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles
  44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days.


   A co-worker recently ran the Boston marathon.  He described how challenging the race was and how poor he was feeling by the end of the race.  His experience was such that it affirmed my desire to never run for four hours straight.
  But imagine just keeping going after you cross the finish line of whatever race you're running, whether it's a 5k or a marathon or an ultramarathon.  Imagine getting excited to see the finish line fade in the rearview mirror as your momentum carries you forward, never stopping to rest on the laurels of what you have completed.
  That's what the Christian life is meant to be.  Baptism isn't a place to stop -- it's a starting point, a launching pad, a booster shot that launches the Christian life even deeper into relationship with Christ.  Here, the Gentiles are baptized, but they ask Peter to stick around for some days, because they want more.  Their appetites are growing stronger, and they want to learn more.  Baptism isn't their finish line -- they are just getting started, and they are hungry to learn about their faith, to grow and mature in their relationship with Christ.
  Are you still hungry for growth?  Are you still seeking Him?  It's easy to get comfortable and rest.  But we are called to dive deeper, to grow more, and to love more freely each and every day.

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