Today is Pentecost when we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit. That moment when the Spirit descended upon the twelve apostles giving them the gift of speech [tongues] so they could go out and spread The Word to all nations.
The gift of the Holy Spirit was/is not unique to the apostles. The day we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour we all receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, it comes and dwells within us, fills us and stays with us on our journey. It is that little voice from deep within, it’s that feeling that something is wrong, it’s that feeling that something is Right and Good.
The apostles were told to go out and preach to all nations, to spread the teachings of Jesus, to continue the good works after His death. When we receive the Spirit we too are called to share this gift with others, it’s pretty pointless if we just keep it to ourselves and don’t put such an amazing gift to good use.
This doesn’t mean that we have to start travelling abroad to spread God’s word, although for some this is their calling as missionaries or aid workers etc. For the majority of us this just means sharing daily the hope, love, joy and peace that we carry within us. Loving our neighbour and trying to shine the light of Christ into the world as best we can, even on those dull days when we feel more like a spent match than a beacon for Christ. [I have alot of those kind of days 😉 ] I always think that on the difficult days my light shines brighter ~ it’s almost like the Holy Spirit recognises my rather pathetic efforts and comes through beaming with support and encouragement. A bit like I opened the gate with my good intention and He enhances that thought and effort, no matter how jaded the attempt.
So, on this Pentecost Sunday share the light that dwells within you because it’s just waiting for a chink of opportunity to coming shining through.