All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.” But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.
Acts 2:12-16

The coming of the Holy Spirit has an effect on the disciples that is visible to everyone, but they do not all understand what has happened. As humans are prone to do, some ridicule the disciples and dismiss the event, saying their experience is nothing more than a drunken outburst, that they are not in control of themselves.

They did get that part right – the disciples are not in control of themselves, they are in the grip of grace, under the power of the Holy Spirit. Someone who has not felt the very presence of God has no frame of reference for comparison and those are most likely to attribute heavenly connections to merely human behavior.

When you ask God into your life, it makes a visible change in how you speak and act. If God has touched you, it is impossible to be the same worldly creature you were previously. Others may think your behavior is unusual, but that is what sets us apart as Christians. Instead of responding as the world does, we respond as Jesus would, caring for our brothers and sisters regardless of their situation or ability to do something for us in return.

Loving Lord, we are grateful and humbled by the gift of Your Holy Spirit. May we go as You have called us to share this joy with all the world, showing that Your love is given to everyone, no matter who or where they are. Amen.

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