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Acts 2:1-21. All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
Perspective is everything. Being on the inside track can make sense of so much that is obscure. I feel like an alien when I watch cricket with my enthusiast friends, because I have so little understanding of the game. Following Jesus can never be a spectator sport.
But at the same time, sometimes cynical outsiders are a good litmus test; they can expose our jargon and clichés, and invite our beliefs to stand up to critical reflection. Peter’s critics provoke such a compelling sermon that they are converted on the spot.
Take a moment to reflect on where you are on this spectrum of following Jesus right now: maybe you need to just jump in with both feet, or maybe you need someone to challenge you to back up what you profess with experience. Or maybe a little of both!