Acts 2 becomes a pivotal point in the New Testament for us to observe. It describes how 120 people had gathered together in that upper room in Jerusalem and became the charter members of the New Testament Church.
Further into the chapter these 120 people explode into more than 3,000 members. The bible describes to us how when the Holy Spirit falls in Acts 2:1-4, those visiting Jerusalem begin to wonder how these disciples of Jesus could speak so many languages as they were hearing their own language coming from them (Acts 2:5-13).
The bible says some were amazed and perplexed saying “what does this mean?” While others began to mock them and declared them to be drunk (Acts 2:12-13). But we read where Peter took his stand with the 11 and begins to speak concerning the situation and within only a few short minutes has captivated the crowds with his words. The question is…How? Remind you this same Peter only a few weeks earlier ran and denied even knowing Him but on this day (outpouring) he takes his stand with his God given ability (charisma) and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Peter captures and motivates 3,000 people to follow Jesus Christ.
Most tend to think that charisma as something mystical, undefinable. They think that it comes as birth or even not at all but that’s not true. Charisma is the ability to draw people to you or your cause. Some naturally posses more of it…like other character traits, however it can be learned and developed. Here are a few things that made Peter so charismatic and were able to capture the attention of so many:
- Confidence: This same guy that ran and denied now stands with confidence as he begins to speak to a crowd that’s mocking what they see.
- Conviction: He spoke from his heart. He knew what he was saying and where he wanted to lead the people in his communication.
- Connection: His message was not about himself but on others. He was connecting to the audience to the point the audience was asking “what must we do?”
- Compassion: He was drawn to the people he was connecting with. They felt motivated and ready to act.
To attract others we need to build the following things in our life:
- Love life: Celebrate; enjoy the journey and put aside complaining. Everyday is valuable and everyday is filled with purpose.
- Put a “10” on everyone’s forehead: Expect the best of people, value them and treat them well.
- Find a way to give people hope: Hope is the indispensable quality of life that we can’t live without. Everybody needs it!
- Give yourself away: Stay vulnerable and authentic, share your heart, love, wisdom and resources.
- Stay Passionate: When Peter stood up to preach no doubt they saw his passion. His passion made up for his lack of natural gifts and education. Passion draws passion!
John Maxwell, Thoughts on Leadership
Jack Hayford, Spirit Filled life bible