Thursday – December 22, 2016
Read: Acts 2:38
Focus: vs 38
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, 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.”
As believers, we are often tasked with discovering the gift or gifts which the Holy Spirit gives to each of us. They vary from person to person and even change from time to time. The odd part of this is that according to Peter the Holy Spirit Himself is a gift to us. Think about it . . . didn’t Jesus Himself say that if He did not go to heaven He could not send the Holy Spirit to us? The Spirit is a gift sent from the Father and the Son to each believer.
Not only does the Spirit come at the moment of our accepting Christ as the seal and guarantee of our salvation but He also comes as a gift so that He in turn may gift others through us. You have all of the Holy Spirit you will ever have at the moment of the new birth. However, does He have all of you? He wants to work in you and through you to do good works that glorify your Father in heaven. That comes about through submission to Him. The degree of submission in every area of your life will determine your effectiveness in His service and shows your appreciation of all God has done for you.
As we become more and more submitted to the work of the Holy Spirit within us we find that we have more desire to reach out and help others both in the family of God and those potentially becoming part of this wonderful family. The call to ministry God gave me was not so I could garner any kind of attention to myself. Ministry is about service not accolades. We are all called to some sort of ministry even if it is not pastoral ministry. Whatever your calling, you are meant to do the very best you can. Are you called to be a carpenter then be the best carpenter you can be and the most honorable as well.
I found out in ministry that there are many expectations that are placed on you. They came from my district superintendent, the general church leadership, and the local congregation. I found that the most important thing I can do is allow the Holy Spirit the freedom to make me into what He wants me to be for those I serve. It is so easy to fall into the trap of meeting everyone’s expectations. My job and yours is to meet only God’s expectations. We all struggle with that sometimes.
The Spirit is truly a gift that keeps on being given and keeps on giving as we yield ourselves to Him. Receive today the gift of the Holy Spirit in all His fullness and He will enable you to be one of the givers also.