Searching for Pentecost resources, I came across this from Bruce Prewer in Australia,
Pentecost is about the coming of the Holy Spirit, the fount of all fruitfulness, and Prewer’s reminder of the polycarpic nature of that fruitfulness is both encouraging and admonitory.
All of this reminded me of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, in particular her chapter entitled, “Fecundity.”
The experimenters studied a single grass plant, winter rye. They let it grow in a greenhouse for four months; then they gingerly spirited away the soil – under microscopes, I imagine – and counted and measured all the roots and root hairs. In four months the plant had set forth 378 miles of roots – that’s about three miles a day – in 14 million distinct roots. This is might impressive, but when they get down to the root hairs, I boggle completely. In those same four months the rye plant created 14 billion root hairs, and those little strands placed end-to-end just about wouldn’t quit. In a single cubic inch of soil, the length of the root hairs totaled 6000 miles."
Fecund. Polycarpic. Fruitful. Prewer and Dillard have my attention. These are not just biological realities and wonders. This should be our language for spiritual realities and wonders.
In Acts 2, Luke records the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Filled with the Holy Spirit. Fire from heaven. Not consuming. But purifying, enlivening. And tongues, languages, via the overflow of the fiery Spirit. Fruitfulness. Fecundity. Polycarpic.
And perhaps even more impressive,
Need we doubt that in Christ Jesus we have all the resources at our disposal for life, and that abundantly. And how? Because in him, we have the Holy Spirit, the fruitful One. What has taken root in you, in Christ, is the fiery, living Spirit of God. And thus, your life in Christ is polycarpic, fecund, fruitful.
Let us become what we are. Let us unfold what we have in Christ Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of the Father.