Acts 2:12-13 – Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’ Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

 

I don’t think there has ever been a move of the Spirit, so called, that has not brought about criticism – and none more so than Pentecost itself. For as many who stood in wonder, keen to know what everything meant, there were others who made fun of the disciples, accusing them of being drunk. Why they chose to mock is an interesting question. One suspects that the power of the Spirit was too threatening to their urbane existence. Like many people who don’t want to be unsettled by God, they tried to rationalise it away. In short, they tried to rationalise what was indeed irrational but undeniably wonderful. And the irony of it all is that they ended up the real losers.

 

Prayer: Lord, I know it’s important to be discerning. There’s a lot of daft stuff going on in your name. But help me also to be wide open to the genuine work of your Spirit, and not let my mind get completely in the way. Amen.