5/29/20

Our scripture this week is Acts 2:1-21.

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:14-18

Peter demonstrates the courage the Holy Spirit has provided by standing to speak to the people. Before, he had been timid, afraid to even admit he knew Jesus, but now he boldly testifies to the crowd. This is the power the Holy Spirit gives us.

Just like Peter, we can be bold for Christ. The Holy Spirit is given to all of us and different gifts to be able to reach others. It is up to each of us to ensure those gifts are used for the good of the kingdom.

Perhaps we aren’t called to speak to a large, diverse group as Peter was, but we are charged with sharing the Good News, to let the world know who Jesus is and what He has done for us. As the disciples of today, we are responsible for spreading the Gospel. Those we tell our story to have the opportunity to accept Christ and know the joy of a relationship with God through Him.

Loving Lord, thank You for the blessing of the Holy Spirit who comes to strengthen us. May we be confident in all we do in Your name. Amen.

Published by Pastor Doug

UMC pastor, Retired USAF, husband, father, grandfather

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