by Pastor Steve Liersch
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Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
The Holy Spirit is truly an underrated person of the Triune God. So much depends on what the Spirit does in the world as the word of God is shared, as people hear the good news of Jesus as Lord and Saviour. People are saved because of the work of the Holy Spirit.
While it might be many months away from celebrating Pentecost in our church calendar, don’t you just love the miracle of 3000 people being baptised and becoming children of God that day?
With the exhortation to ‘Repent and be baptised’, Peter also shared a promise from God, ‘You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’. Christmas has come and gone for another year. Where did the gift of the Holy Spirit get given? Was it on your prayer list for God to give the Gift to a close family member or friend? Did you pray for the Holy Spirit to be unleashed in your office, home or social network?
Maybe the miracle of that first Pentecost needs to be a very personal affair first. ‘God, have your way with me, leading me to repentance and a deeper faith in Jesus as Lord, Saviour and friend.’ The common thread through this week’s readings is that God promises the Holy Spirit would be present and evident in some way for his people to experience. Always with the express desire and outcome – a deeper relationship with a God of love who we find in the person of Jesus. Ahh – the miracle of saving faith!
Who could you identify as someone to pray for, asking the Holy Spirit to stir their heart to embrace Jesus as their Saviour?
Ever-present Spirit of God, you are all-powerful and yet so gentle as to be sensitive to where people are at in life. I ask you to continue working in my life and also use me to help you bring [insert a family or friend’s name here] closer to Jesus through my words and actions. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.