“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning.”
You have to begin.
You may have good intent. You may declare you will.
But you have to begin.
Peter began to speak and as he did, the Spirit began to come on the household.
What happened surprised him. He would never have anticipated this move.
He began to speak because that’s what he believed God had told him to do. He didn’t speak having worked out what would happen next. He just began.
Who knows where things would lead if we just begin?
Some speeches motivate and are remembered for generations: ‘never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few’ – Churchill’s war time speeches inspire even today.
We certainly need more preachers to be more inspiring. Those of us who communicate for a living need to work at the craft and get better.
However, this is not about the quality of Peters speech or his delivery. It is about the Holy Spirit and it is about Peter beginning to speak.
Maybe just going next door to a neighbours house and just beginning to speak words of love and other great things that need to be said. Maybe just sharing with a loved one the truth that God does care and He cares enough to have sent Jesus. Maybe that’s what you need to begin to do.
And maybe then you will see the move of the Holy Spirit that you have longed for or maybe the Spirit will surprise you and do more than you could have imagined.
If you begin.