“When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.” vs. 30
Even though Pentecost has been set aside to celebrate God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, we should not imagine that the Spirit was not active before the day described in the book of Acts. Quite obviously, Jesus was guided and led by the indwelling Spirit all through his ministry…and when Genesis 1 speaks of the wind from God brooding over the waters, well, that’s the Spirit too. From the beginning, the Spirit has been the life-giving present tense of God, active both in creation and in renewal. For followers of Jesus the Spirit is the force that is with us from dawn to dusk as a source of power and strength. Every day our sinful self is put to death, and a new recreated self is raised up through the Spirit to live as salt and light in the world. Through the Spirit we live as little Christs in our environments, actively reaching out to others with tender love and mercy. Gathered together by that same Spirit into the one Body of Christ we become a powerful force for justice and peace in this troubled world. Because of the Spirit’s forceful presence we can have confidence for the future. The Spirit will never disappear…it is the life of the universe…and through the Spirit humans will continue to be called, gathered and sanctified until all things come to completion.
Thought for the Day: How does renewal come to me?