In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. (Ephe 1:13-14 ESV)
That Was Then; This is Now
Sometimes I feel envious of the first disciples of Jesus who were together on Pentecost in a locked room when the Holy Spirit rushed in and filled them with energy and enthusiasm.
I am envious of those disciples when I come home from work, full of intentions to accomplish things I have been meaning to do for ages. But I just don’t feel the Spirit, so I fritter away the hours until bedtime. I often don’t manage to summon the Staying Power I need to stop my own procrastinating.
I so easily forget the inheritance Paul reminds us we have all received through Christ. During Baptism, I was marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit even though I was not present at The first Pentecost when that same Spirit descended upon the disciples. More than that, when I worship in our community, and hear the Truth proclaimed, I am reminded of my belief in God and in God’s Spirit within me.
Paul says that the Spirit is within in us “to the praise of God’s glory.” So I have decided this week, as soon as I get home from work, I will say a brief prayer to remind myself of God’s glory. Stay tuned to hear if this act of a simple prayer after work will boost my personal Staying Power for the rest of my day.
Kathleen Capcara, Lay Associate for Parish Life.