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Vantage Point: Passion for Pentecost

By Ken Horn
May 27, 2012

When Karl Wallenda, the legendary tightrope walker, would talk about his passion, he would say, “Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting!”

It’s wonderful to see someone with a passion. Karl Wallenda’s was the high wire — and generations of Wallendas literally followed in his footsteps across that wire.

How should Christians fill in that blank? “Life is ___________.”

One man with passion fostered a high-wire dynasty.

What could a passion for eternal things foster?

As a young man, Dwight L. Moody was challenged by the words of British revivalist Henry Varley. “Moody, the world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” Later, Moody would say, “I aim to be that man.”

From that time his sight was fixed on one thing. To Moody, life was about souls.

He committed himself to sharing Christ with at least one person each day. One evening he slipped into bed and realized he had not witnessed that day. Though weary, he arose, walked to Chicago’s skid row, and led a drunk to Jesus.

What would happen if the driving passion of every Christian’s life was truly Jesus?

It’s great to be a part of this great Pentecostal Movement. But the core of Pentecostalism is not freedom of worship, the gifts of the Spirit, or anointed preaching. It’s the enabling power to reach souls for Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is the empowering force, the empowering Person, who enables us to live the passion for Jesus and effectively communicate His love. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NKJV).

In this Pentecost Sunday issue, articles by Randy Hurst, Bob Cook and others will point to the distinctive that enables Spirit-filled people to fulfill the Great Commission. We will also revisit Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Fla.

A passion for Pentecost is a passion for the purpose of Pentecost — winning souls for Jesus Christ. May that passion thrive in us.

Ken Horn

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