It’s construction season in Canada. How do I know? The ‘Men at Work’ signs are popping up along the highways and
streets I travel. I know there are safety issues for construction workers, but I always wonder why a sign indicating ‘Men at Work’ was invented. Typically when I pass these sites, there may be one or two men actually working, while others are drinking coffee, holding up their shovel handles, or chatting with the token off-duty police officer.
Men are hardly the only ones who work. Do women erect signs when they are working? The hard-working women in my circle are involved with raising children, running households, graphic design, music lessons, scriptwriting, to name just a few of their daily activities, yet I don’t see a sign. They just work and work hard at whatever their hands find to do.
As Peter presses into the central propositional truth in his Day of Pentecost sermon, he focuses on God’s work. Preaching is primarily speaking to people of what God has done, is doing and desires to do as He accomplishes His perfect will.
Acts 2:32-33 I would describe as the main truth, the main explanation, the main exposition preacher Peter desires to get across to his ‘congregation.’
“God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”
What do we learn from this text?
- God is a triune God. The Father, Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit work in perfect unity.
- There is an order to the activity of God. The resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ is followed by the outpouring of the Spirit of God.
- The Spirit of God impacts both believers and unbelievers. As promised by Jesus in Acts 1:8 “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you will be WITNESSES….” Peter and the band of devoted followers now are testifying to the facts of who Jesus is, what He did and why He came. This same Spirit has also enabled unbelievers to see and hear “the wonders of God in their own tongues.” (Acts 1:11??)
God is at work directly and indirectly. There are many times when God acts on His own behalf directly in the universe He created. There are other times when God acts through people and uses ‘means’ to accomplish His will. The great joy of ministry for Peter and all who emulate his devotion to Christ, is to join with Christ as a co-labourer in bringing in the harvest. We do not work FOR God, we work WITH God. He is already at work and He will prompt us through divine appointments to speak to others in His name. To believers we bring truths of encouragement as one of our church’s missionaries did last night in our evening service at Calvary Baptist, Oshawa, or as many pastors, Sunday school teachers and children’s workers did as they spoke God’s truth in various settings. To unbelievers we also speak the truth, we speak of THE TRUTH–Jesus Christ–the only One who provides access to God.
So this week, let’s watch for “GOD at work” evidence that He is moving in and through our lives, accomplishing His purposes for His glory. We may not see any signs that we can capture on our cameras, but the evidence of God’s reward awaits those who diligently seek Him.