And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)
Today, we celebrate a very important birthday—in a sense, it’s the birthday of the church! (Now, in another sense, it isn’t, since there have been believers in Christ since Adam.) 1987 years years ago or so, Christ ascended into Heaven, and poured out His Spirit upon the twelve disciples. We call this event Pentecost, and today’s the day Christians have often picked to celebrate it.
The eleven disciples had just recently cast lots for the twelfth disciple—Matthias. At the beginning of Acts 2, all twelve are gathered together in one room. Twelve in the Bible often references the twelve tribes of Israel. These twelve disciples represent the Church, the new Israel.
Suddenly, the sound “as of a rushing mighty wind” came and filled the house. Now, in Scripture, this mighty wind is often associated with the Holy Spirit’s work. In this case, we see the Holy Spirit coming into the room and filling “all the house where they were sitting”!
Next, we see tongues of fire, above the twelve disciples’ heads. This is a picture of anointing for a special task. In fact, Peter continues on in Acts 2 to say that this great event “is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,” where Joel prophesied that all God’s people would be prophets unto God!
Christ’s people, the Church, are now anointed as kings, priests, and prophets—commissioned to take the Gospel to the nations, to come to God in prayer like never before, to proclaim God’s Word to peoples and nations, to counsel others, to spread the King’s Empire, to consecrate and dedicate their lives and families, and to eat at His table through communion.
This is all great, but what bearing does it have on my everyday? How must I, as a busy father or mother, implement this into my own life?
First, pray. Pray on behalf of your family—go before God’s Throne and bring your requests to Him. Pray for His intervention in your children’s lives; pray for specific answers; pray for very clear direction.
Second, proclaim God’s word to your family! It is the King’s Law—the Scripture, His will. Proclaim His truth to your children every day. Give them a knowledge of God’s Word, help them to understand it, and help them to apply it in their own lives. This is so important.
Third, you’re His counselor for others—in this case, your children. Counsel them and advise them in the King’s way. Give them wisdom—advice on how to apply God’s Word in practical situations. The Holy Spirit will minister to them, using you.
Fourth, you have been anointed as a king or queen under Him! Spread His empire through educating your children. Don’t be afraid of the enemy—Jesus is reigning now, and you are co-reigning with Him! Take heart, especially when you find yourself in discouraging situations.
Fifth, you have been anointed as part of the Royal Priesthood. Dedicate your children, your home, your meals, to the Lord. Consecrate them to His purposes. Dedicate your TV and computers to the Lord. Dedicate your library to the Lord. Commit them to the Lord’s service, and offer yourselves and your lives to Him.
Sixth, you are His friend! You have the privilege of eating at His table. Feast before the Lord—take communion—feast with your family in rejoicing. The Lord is the Great King, our Father, our Lord and Savior. We should be—of all people—the happiest.
[Note: I am indebted to the late David Chilton (1952–1997) for the basic six points I gave in application. He used these basic points in a sermon of June 7, 1987, and I have borrowed and modified them for this specific context of application.]