This morning is the Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. Our Scripture reading is in Acts 2. Yes, you can get all those interesting to pronounce names of countries but I am looking at the first four verses. There was a sound that "came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind and it filled all the house". (verse 2 emphasis mine) Then "tongues as of fire" were resting "on each one of them" (verse 3 emphasis mine). And finally in verse 4 "they were all filled with the Holy Spirit." (emphasis mine) Yes, after they were "filled" the Disciples were able to communicate, in different languages, with all the people (again all the fun to pronounce places) but the description of 'filled' and 'fire' are in the first verses and easy to skip over. We tend to remember the hard to pronounce and the different languages spoken before we think of the how/why.
I would like to encourage us, this morning, to be thinking about the how/why instead. Yes, we should remember the speaking in the different languages, so we can be talking with people in a way they understand (probably more like computer or quilting instead of Greek or one of the other languages), but before we can do it we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We know it happened 2000 plus years ago, we hear of it happening in other places but do we think it can happen to us? Do we really believe God can fill us with fire so we can step out of our comfort zones and share God with other people?
I, personally, believe it. I, personally, believe God IS still working with each of us -- filling us with fire -- but like the gas tank (and our physical bodies) we need to continue to "fill up" with "fire" by spending time with God daily. Meanwhile......... What do you think? What are you doing? Are you "filling"? Do you feel the "fire"? Where is God leading you to step "out of your comfort zone" and speak -- maybe even a different language?