Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” ~ ACTS 2:38-39 NKJV
This upcoming Sunday is Pentecost or Whitsun (Whit Sunday). It commemorates the receipt of the Holy Spirit by the disciples and followers of Christ. Jesus Christ had promised the disciples a helper and had instructed them to wait for the gift of the Holy Spirit: “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” ~ Luke 24:49 NIV
Pentecost is known as the birthday of the Christian Church because over three thousand people were baptized at the first Pentecost. Can you imagine how awe inspiring it most have been to be there that day?
Holy Spirit helps us reach others. Holy Spirit enables us to use our gifts in a manner that will reach and allow others to comprehend what we are offering. In a previous article, I wrote about the gifts we receive from God. What gift or gifts were you given? Are you good at explaining things, singing, calming people down? Are you an excellent storyteller? Do children naturally respond to you? There are as many types of gifts as there are people. It’s up to you to decide how best you can use your gifts for the glorification and spreading the word of God. Holy Spirit is there within us, aiding us as we share with others.
Not everyone is called to go person to person or door to door testifying about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Some are, but many aren’t. When I first heard that I was supposed to bring others to God, I felt ashamed because I didn’t have the gift for speaking about God’s glory, nor did I have the knowledge to testify. I can’t begin to tell you how relieved I was to learn that, instead, I can use MY gifts from God to (hopefully) bring others to Jesus.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)
We are called to use our gifts to the glory of God, thus testifying, sometimes merely through our example, to the power, love and authority of our Heavenly Father. I have the gift of writing and it’s such a blessing to be able to write about what I’ve learned. Do you have the gift of listening? Or the gift of caring? You are called on to use what you were given, not what was given to someone else.
If you’re like me, you’re relieved that you can use something you are already good at and enjoy to help others discover the love, beauty and salvation of Jesus Christ. Happy Pentecost!
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