While staying with them, Jesus ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’ So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’
Breathe on me, breath of God
Come, Holy Ghost, our soles inspire
Holy Spirit we welcome you
Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me
Spirit of God, unseen as the wind
Last Sunday in the morning Zoom service Melissa helped us think about God’s holiness (the first commandment), what Jesus did to make us holy, and the fact that as Christians we have God’s spirit living within us helping us to become like Jesus, in other words, to become more holy. We call God’s spirit the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost and as the five titles above show, we often sing hymns and songs about the Holy Spirit being within us, or asking the Holy Spirit to remind us of its presence within us and guide our thinking and doing and being. It is good to sing such words and remind ourselves of these things when we meet together, but as Jan reminded us, the Holy Spirit is within us all the time. How do we remember all the time, as we are going about our daily lives, that the Spirit is within and we are holy? We are the temple in which God’s Spirit lives here on earth at this moment, every moment of every day.
Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Spirit, thank you that the Father sent the Son Jesus to die on the cross as my Saviour, and after his work on earth was complete sent the Spirit to live within every person who acknowledges you as Lord and Saviour of their lives. Thank you that you live within me now and will guide me through the coming minutes and days as I listen to you and follow your still small voice within. Please forgive me that that voice sometimes has to shout to make me hear you; may those times grow fewer as I listen to you more. Amen.