Crisis and Continuance
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. And they continued stedfastly.
Acts 2:2, 42
The same chapter records both Crisis and Continuance. Some of us major on one, some on the other. We need a synthesis of both. Ecstasies, high days, lofty experiences-some go in for these but cannot maintain such a high-strung pitch and often run into excesses. Others major on the daily walk and growth in grace but tend to get into a rut.
Why not “a sea of glass mingled with fire,” a combination of both Crisis and Continuance? “Tasks in hours of insight willed can be in hours of gloom fulfilled.” “After he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go” (Acts 16:10). The Vision and the Venture!
The best evidence of being truly filled with the Spirit is that one so filled “continues daily.” The Glory shows up in the Grind! As important as the Grandeur of Getting Started is the Grace of Going On!