THE WEAK SHALL BE STRONG
“Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Acts 2:47.
What was the result of the outpouring of the Spirit upon the Day of Pentecost? The glad tidings of a risen Savior were carried to the utmost bounds of the inhabited world. The hearts of the disciples were surcharged with a benevolence so full, so deep, so far-reaching, that it impelled them to go to the ends of the earth, testifying: “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Galatians 6:14. As they proclaimed the truth as it is in Jesus, hearts yielded to the power of the message. The church beheld converts flocking to her from all directions. Backsliders were reconverted. Sinners united with Christians in seeking the pearl of great price. Those who had been the bitterest opponents of the gospel became its champions. The prophecy was fulfilled: The weak shall be “as David,” and the house of David “as the angel of the Lord.” Every Christian saw in his brother the divine similitude of love and benevolence. One interest prevailed. One subject of emulation swallowed up all others. The only ambition of the believers was to reveal the likeness of Christ’s character and to labor for the enlargement of His kingdom.
“With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them.” Acts 4:33. Under their labors, there were added to the church chosen men, who, receiving the word of life, consecrated their lives to the work of giving to others the hope that had filled their hearts with peace and joy. Hundreds proclaimed the message: “The kingdom of God is at hand.” They could not be restrained or intimidated by threatening. The Lord spoke through them; and, wherever they went, the sick were healed, and the poor had the gospel preached unto them. – Testimony Treasures, vol. 3, pp. 209, 210.
Questions to think about:
What was the result of the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost?
When the believers received the power of the Spirit, what was their only aim at that time?
What is my objective? What is our objective today?