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THE SPIRIT WORKS IN HIS OWN TIME

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Sixth Week of Easter

Acts. 17:15-18:1 & Jn. 16:12-15

Standing before the Council of Athens Paul used all his powers of persuasion, knowing the Greeks loved debate end argument. He sought to convince them by careful reasoning, beginning with what they already knew and moving towards what was yet unknown to them. He managed to convert a handful of notable Athenians but many greeted his words with contemptuous laughter. On the face of it his preaching mission was not a great success!

In fact, the Greeks were not yet ready to receive the whole of Paul’s message and all he could do was to make sure that the seeds of faith were planted in their minds, and the Spirit would work on them in His own good time. Some who listened said they would like to hear him talk again. Obviously they needed time to digest his words which later would bear fruit.

Jesus knew how weak and slow His disciples were. He had a great deal of information to give them, but they were not yet ready to take it in and understand everything. In due time the Holy Spirit would come to enlighten and explain everything they needed to know.

Like the disciples, there is so much that we do not know and cannot know about God, and we may find this frustrating. But that should not worry us. The important thing is to realise our dependence on God and to trust His Holy Spirit to enlighten us on spiritual matters. God in His own good time will send His Holy Spirit to teach us all that He wants us to know. We can be instruments of the Spirit by sharing what knowledge He has given us. We may think we have had no effect on other people's lives, but the Spirit knows when the time is right and He will bring the seeds to fruition.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

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