Receive the Holy Spirit – Vicar’s weekly thought

Receive the Holy Spirit [1]

Over the last 2 weeks we’ve asked you to answer a 1 question survey ‘What do I need to grow as a Christian?’ There are some lovely answers (and you can still contribute today if you wish).  Things like: to grow in patience, to have more faith, to find peace. These are mature questions
to ask, and to seek God asking how he wants to bring these about in us – to expand who we are in Christ. Today is Pentecost, the birthday of the Church, when we celebrate the 1st outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit across all his people. There will be an opportunity at our services today to ask the Spirit to help us with some of these things. We need resourcing to follow Christ, and God’s main resource is his own Holy Spirit! Jesus said there were many things his disciples had yet to be told, they needed to grow into, and so as He left them he said he would send the Spirit to do just that. As you seek to grow in your love for Christ, and in your walk with him, invite the Spirit to teach and fill you, changing you for your daily life and mission (as Chris spoke on last week). Of old the Psalm writer made it clear, in the end it is only the breath of the Spirit of God
that makes this possible. Speaking of all God’s creatures, including us, he wrote: ‘When you hide your face they are troubled; when you take away their breath, they die and return again to the dust. When you send forth your spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the earth.’[2]

[1] Said Jesus as he breathed over his disciples in John 20.22

[2] Psalm 104.31-32