April 30, 2018
Acts 10:44-48…“The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles,” vs. 45
From the beginning, followers of Jesus have been plagued by spiritual myopia. We imagine that what we believe and experience is all that matters and that God couldn’t possibly have a larger plan. Initially, believers thought the Spirit could only work through the circumcised and were astounded when Gentiles were able to speak in tongues. Since those times, many have been able to open their hearts and minds to new possibilities of Spirit expression–but–often we’ve tended to cling to the old and make tradition our god. We can’t seem to get it through our head that the Spirit can’t be contained. As the gospel of John puts it, “The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.” Of course, once we can get our minds around this great truth, life can get pretty exciting. We never know where God is going to pop up or where we’ll see the fruit of the Spirit being produced. It could easily happen among people of other faiths or even no faith at all. Anyone can be an instrument of peace, love, kindness, faithfulness, or joy! God has a massive orchestra and there truly are no limits!
Thought for the Day: Where has God’s presence astounded me?