The Holy Spirit Comes

Acts 2 v 1-4: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.  2  Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.  3  Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them.  4  And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,  as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.” This Sunday we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the day we remember when Jesus’s followers were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages so that everyone could understand the message about Jesus. I never fail to find these verses exciting as God empowers His people to be able to speak to all nations. Following Jesus was not just for the Jewish born people but for all people and nations, Jew and Gentile alike. As we approach this Pentecost Sunday I wonder whether people understand us or do we use language that others struggle to understand? We each have our own story to tell of how Jesus has rescued us and is turning our lives around, shaping us into the vessels He needs us to be but who knows? Let’s take the opportunity this Sunday gives us to ‘blaze for Jesus’. As the outside of our church building is decorated with flames and brightly coloured ribbons to symbolise the gift of the Holy Spirit to each one of us, I would like to challenge you to ‘blaze for Jesus’ in your community: with your family, neighbours, work colleagues…whoever God places in your path. But here’s the rest of the challenge ….. will you be able to speak in a language that they understand? Ali