Power to the people

In the early part of the 20th century there was probably no more exciting and lethal place to be than an Edwardian home – exciting because of the increasingly widespread use of electricity; and lethal because no one really understood quite how dangerous this new power was. Some inventions were accidents waiting to happen, for example the electric tablecloth into which lights could be plugged. On the upside you could see your food, but on the downside if you spilled your drink, it would probably be the last thing you did. Very quickly Edwardians learned to treat this new power with respect.

In a similar way we do well to remember that the church only exists because life-changing power was poured out on the first Day of Pentecost a few weeks after the resurrection. Early Christians quickly learned to live in awe of the power God’s Holy Spirit and as they did so found themselves at the centre of a movement that changed the course of history. The ministry of Jesus didn’t end with his ascension into heaven but was passed seamlessly to the church. That’s why Christians must never forget to regularly pray that most ancient of prayers, ‘Come, Holy Spirit.’

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