Treasures Found in Unlikely Places

  • Treasures Found in Unlikely Places
Read Acts Chapter 2
 
Ac 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
 
You know the rest of the story. Because of what happened on this day of Pentecost, thousands of men and women were transformed into believers. I find it very interesting to think that people found God among a pack of “renegades” who were filled with the Holy Spirit. Pentecost was a time of celebration, sometimes called the Jewish Feast of Weeks, the Feast of Harvest, or the Day of First-Fruits. It was a time of worship and celebration that was widely practiced. Look at the many different peoples who had gathered in Jerusalem for this time of celebration. 
 
Ac 2:9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”
 
These visitors to Jerusalem were seeking God during the time of Pentecost, but they expected to find Him in the synagogues and the festival rites associated with the Pentecost, They expected the religious leaders of their time to organize the festivities and they would be able to worship God in a completely different way than what actually came to be. They found what they were seeking, without any guidance from the priests, Pharisees or Sadducees.
 
Where can our Savior be found today? He isn’t found in many of our modern day churches. He won’t be found in the gay church congregations unless the Holy Spirit chooses to speak truth to a special someone in the congregation. If that happens, he will immediately know that he has been looking for God in all the wrong places. Our Savior can be found in the hearts and spirits of any believer today – any believer who has not left His pathway by failing to believe truth. It’s not only the same-sex struggler who is looking for Him in wrong places. Many other types of seekers are also looking in venues where He is not likely to be found.
 
The real seeker of God will indeed find Him. He may find Him in one of our churches today, but fewer and fewer men and women are finding Him there. Many are finding Christ in small group bible studies or Christian retreat weekends such as those that are held by ex-gay ministry leaders. Yet others are finding Him in their personal bible studies. The Holy Spirit is willing and ready to reveal truth and Jesus Christ to anyone who diligently seeks Him – willing to accept even those truths which may not be to the hearer’s liking. Once again we must be reminded that there are false teachers out there, and many of them are in our pulpits.
 
Mt 7:15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
 
Mt 24:10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
 
We who hold firm to the truth about the sin of homosexual behaviors are considered by many to be like that band of simple folk at Pentecost. We have found the Lord because the Spirit has revealed the truth to us. We have not been allowed by the Spirit to fall prey to those who are embracing same-sex unions as being holy in the eyes of our Lord. We must continue to listen to the Spirit, allowing His voice to drown out the false teachings we hear today.
 
Prayer: Keep us steadfast, Father. We hear those other voices, but they contradict Your word and Spirit.

 

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