Fifty days can change the world. That seems like such a short period of time – fifty days comprises 0.171% of the average lifetime – but fifty days can change the course of a life, the course of a nation, and the course of world history. Consider this: the course of American history hinges on thirteen days in September 1862 – the thirteen days between General Lee authoring Special Order 191, which led to the Battle of Antietam, to President Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. Thirteen days changed American history; fifty days can change the world.
This coming Sunday, May 15, will mark the celebration of Pentecost – fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the fifty days between the empty tomb being discovered and Peter standing up to preach the first gospel message, the apostles surely wondered, “What do we do now?” But on day fifty, when Peter first preached the death, burial, and resurrection, the church was launched and the world was never the same again.
Here in 2016, we are approaching fifty days after our celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the question remains: “What do we do now?” The answer is still the same as it was for Peter – preach the gospel. But the church has lost sight of that. Clinging to the past, clinging to tradition, and resisting progress and change have hindered the church from holding to its mission of preaching the gospel and making disciples. The apostles could have held to the past, but they kept moving forward to build the church.
So as we approach Pentecost Sunday, 2016, I offer this question to each and every one of you: In the next fifty days, what will Flushing Christian Church do to grow the kingdom? In the next 100 days, what will we do to preach the gospel? In the next year, what will we do in order to better reach out and make disciples? Fifty days can change the world; are we willing to do what it takes to make that happen?
Thanks for reading, and have a blessed day!