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Acts 2:1-21

Great Things

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Acts 2:1-21
Great Things

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Dictionary

What is the purpose of a dictionary? A dictionary tells us what a word means. A dictionary shows us how to spell words–– and even how to pronounce them. A dictionary can help us to understand lots of things about words about language.

There is an exciting story in the Bible about language–– and about how God helps us to understand things.

Many people from different parts of the world had come together in Jerusalem. They spoke many different languages. But the Holy Spirit––God’s spirit––made it possible for Jesus’ disciples to speak to each person in that person’s own language. That was a real miracle.

God gives the Holy Spirit to every Christian. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God within each one of us. The Holy Spirit helps us to know God––and to understand what God wants us to do. The Holy Spirit also makes it possible for us to do great things––things that we couldn’t ordinarily do.

At the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the disciples power to speak in languages that they had never learned. I don’t know what the Holy Spirit will empower you to do, but I know that it will empower you to do great things for Jesus. They might seem like great things––like speaking in languages that you have never learned. Or they might seem more ordinary––like helping someone who needs help.

As you listen to that Spirit within, you will be guided in the ways of God.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan