Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We Need Fusion, Not Confusion

"When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place." (Acts 2:1)

Pentecost, the day when Heaven came to earth, accomplished two things which have redefined our world. First, there was fusion; and then there was empowerment.

Back in the earliest days of civilized man’s heavenly aspirations, a knuckle head named Nimrod thought he would build a tower whose height reached into heaven itself. We know it as the Tower of Babel. We also know the legendary story of how God disrupted the building program by confusing the language of the people.

Once communication breaks down, relationships are over, and all cooperative projects fall unfinished. Babel – even today we use the word to describe a confusing sound of words or noises.

Confusion means to mix together things that do not belong together. In the case of Babylon, there was an arrogant man trying to become God’s equal – that is confusion.

Fusion, on the other hand, means to melt, so as to merge. This occurred on the day of Pentecost when a mighty, rushing wind rocked Jerusalem as tongues of fire rested upon the waiting disciples. God fused together a community of spiritually gifted men and women to love and serve one another in the beauty of holiness. We call this emerging community, which now is global, the Church.

There is a beauty in community that the world longs to experience. When one is a part of a growing circle of true friends, he or she will experience acceptance of who they really are, affirmation of what God has given them to do, and accountability that keeps them on the right path. But there’s more!

The Lord didn’t simply fuse us together with one another, He joined us inseparably to Himself as well! And in so doing unleashed the power of heaven into each one of our lives. Now, He wants to release that very power through our lives to a world still in need of a Savior’s redeeming love and grace.

In a day when confusion seems to be mounting a worldwide comeback, this could be our finest moment.

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