This passage from Acts says that the sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit was boldness and generosity. Why then do we tie ourselves in knots by chasing after speaking in tongues, ecstatic experience, exclusive wisdom and inner feelings of joy? The Spirit of God is not some personal possession, given to make us feel good, or to allow us to feel superior over those who do not “have our experience”. The Spirit of God is given so that we may be faithful in our service: a service that asks us to be bold, and to become generous.
To Sing:God’s Spirit is in my heart,
He has called me and set me apart.
This is what I have to do,
what I have to do.
He sent me to give the Good News to the poor,
Tell prisoners that they are prisoners no more,
Tell blind people that they can see,
And set the downtrodden free
And go tell everyone the news that the Kingdom of God has come,
And go tell everyone the news that the Kingdom of God has come.
Author: Alan Date (1902-1979) & Hubert J. Richards (B 1921)
Third Sunday of EasterThe Lord is with us
Scripture reading taken from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants p.154