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Step Two

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Reading: Acts 8: 14-17

Verse 17: “Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit”.

The early church fascinates me. All they knew was Jesus. They preached about salvation – the blessing that came with entering a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They told others about how Jesus changed their lives and offered Him to them so that they too could be born anew. The early church lived out their faith boldly and as a witness to Jesus and His love. They lived out in and with the world, sharing the good news with any and all. In them we can see just how easy it is to share the good news – we just have to tell others what Jesus has done and is doing in our lives, opening their eyes to what Jesus can do in their lives.

The early church learns that some in Samaria have accepted the word of God and were baptized with water. The Spirit had not yet come. So Peter and John are sent to help these new believers through step two. There, in Samaria, “Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit”. It was simply an invitation to go one step further, one step deeper – to not only be baptized into Jesus’ name, but to invite and accept into themselves Jesus’ living presence, the Holy Spirit. This second step brought the relationship with Jesus to fullness.

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is still the second necessary step. One can come to understand that Jesus is the way, truth, and life. One can come to know that salvation comes through faith in Christ alone. We can share Jesus and people can comprehend that Jesus is the Messiah. All of this is just head knowledge. Until they claim Jesus as their own and invite Him into their heart, to dwell in them, then Jesus is just head knowledge. This second step – inviting Jesus to be a daily presence – is essential. The invitation brings the daily guidance and presence of Jesus into a believer’s heart. Then Jesus becomes king not only of their mind but also if their heart. We can lead people to know who Jesus is and we can share the power He has to change lives, but only that person can invite Jesus into their heart.

Prayer: God, allow others to know Jesus through my life – my words, my actions, my teaching. Allow my witness to draw others closer to you so that they can invite indwelling presence of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, into their lives, making them fully yours. If I am but one step in their journey to you, thank you for allowing me to play that role too. Thank you Jesus! Amen.

3 thoughts on “Step Two

  1. LORD JESUS , I LONG TO BE PERFECTLY WHOLE, I WANT THEE FOR EVER TO LIVE IN MY SOUL,
    BREAK DOWN EVERY IDOL , CAST OUT EVERY FOE,
    NOW WASH ME, AND I SHALL BE WHITER THAN SNOW, WHITER THAN SNOW,
    NOW WASH ME AND I SHALL BE WHITER THAN SNOW.

  2. PURER IN HEART, O GOD HELP ME TO BE, MAY I DEVOTE MY LIFE WHOLY TO THEE,
    WATCH THOU MY FEET GUIDE ME WITH COUNSEL SWEET,
    PURER IN HEART, HELP ME TO BE.

    AMEN

  3. More HOLINESS GIVE TO me , LOVE me and WATCH over ME, I NEED THEE
    EVERY HOUR MY LORD . I LOVE THEE.
    AMEN

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