It is sometimes better to receive than it is to give.

When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit. Acts 8:14-17 (The Message)

If we think that we can be ‘Christian’ by what we do, by how we live, by giving alone then we aren’t on message. Well not as far as the Bible is concerned. When people believed in Jesus, in the earliest days of the church, the apostles first concern was that they ‘receive the Holy Spirit’. Truth be told this is Jesus’ primary concern for those people who would follow him. He said, ‘The Spirit  gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.‘ John 6:63 (The New International Version).

The need for a Christian to receive the Holy Spirit is paramount. This isn’t a one off receipt at conversion, or by the laying on of hands alone. Receiving the Holy Spirit is part of the journey of faith. It is a part of the growing in faith. It is a part of the empowerment of the Christian life. Without first receiving the Holy Spirit then nothing that we can do will make us more Christian.

May we be open to recieving more of God and his Holy Spirit on our journey. May we live our lives in such a way that we grow in the Holy Spirit and so receive more of him in our lives. Amen.

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