Whenever I hear the account of the Holy Spirit coming on that day of Pentecost, I am always considering what must it have been like? What did it look like I wonder? What did it sound like? How did the crowd react as they asked the question: ‘What does this mean?’
It meant that it was God’s plan for this to happen, that it was the end of waiting, that we don’t need to live lives in our own strength anymore and that we now have the power to live our lives as God originally intended us to.
The Holy Spirit is a gift. It’s a gift from God and it’s a gift that makes a difference, but a gift isn’t a gift unless it’s received. It’s a gift that God wants us to receive and it’s a gift that He wants us to want to receive, both personally and corporately.
Personally: so that we might live our lives to the full, free from things that would seek to harm us and drag us down or stop us fulfilling our God given potential.
Corporately: so that the church might be the body that God intended it to be. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, things changed: hearts changed, language changed, desires changed and outlook changed.
We all have gifts and abilities that God has placed within us and His desire is that we might use them in His service. Left to our own resources, however, we soon run out of strength and can quickly ‘dry up’. We’re like a teapot. A teapot is designed to be full and pouring out tea to refresh those around it. When it is empty it is not fulfilling its purpose as a teapot and if the pot is to be refilled, then the lid needs to be removed. If we are to receive the refreshing of the Holy Spirit then we need to make a conscious decision to ask him for that refreshing and to ensure that our ‘lids’ are off so that we are open to receive from him. Then, the Holy Spirit can fill us up and we can continue to pour out God’s blessings to those around us.
I wonder, in which areas of your life and mine are we still keeping the lid on? Perhaps we need to ask God to reveal them to us in order that we may open ourselves to Him and his Holy Spirit.
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Rev Dave Clark
Vicar of the Benefice of Upper Wensleydale