19 May 2022
The significance of Pentecost
‘… You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 2: 38
On the day of Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, Peter, filled with the Spirit, taught that all believers should receive the Holy Spirit as a gift from God. It is essential for us to have the power of God within us if we are to be effective in the Christian life.
There may be many occasions in our professional life when we feel inadequate for the task. We lack sufficient training or experience but are faced with a challenge. We may think, for the good of the patient, that it is best to refer him or her to a colleague with more specialised experience. At other times, we cannot avoid our responsibilities, but have to face the situation prayerfully. We can then claim the promised gift of the Holy Spirit within us, giving us the Lord’s wisdom, insight and strength. He is with you – you are not on your own!
Someone once said, ‘Faith confronts; fear avoids.’We must by faith lay hold of the promise that ‘God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of selfdiscipline.’ (2 Timothy 1: 7) With the clamour of patients’ expectations, pressure of time and the responsibilities of work, home and church, who is sufficient for these things? Despite all the great pressures upon him, the apostle Paul spoke of being continually renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4: 16) He repeatedly found that God’s grace was sufficient. (2 Corinthians 12: 9)

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater, He sendeth more strength when the labours increase. To added affliction, he addeth more mercy, To multiplied trials, his multiplied peace.

Those words are from an old chorus, but still have an up-todate message!
Read: 2 Corinthians 4: 1–18.