Pastor's Column: Pentecost reminds us of gifts offered
June 03. 2014 4:39PM
This coming weekend, our church family celebrates the feast of Pentecost – a day which marks 50 days after Easter, and is the day on which the Holy Spirit is poured forth upon the church as the Lord had promised. Before he ascended to heaven, Jesus told his apostles that he would send them the Spirit, who would guide them to all truth. In my own tradition, we speak of gifts and fruits. The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, right judgment, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. The fruits that flow from these gifts are: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self control, and chastity.
What a wonderful blueprint for life these gifts offer to us! Many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit center around the judgments we must make each day in life. If we seek the truth, and do so with the wisdom and understanding that comes only from God, we will do so much better in the choices that we make. God’s wisdom moves us to think of others first, and of how our actions affect others. If I make choices that only consider my needs and wants, those choices will ultimately not be good ones.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are a wonderful list of qualities that I hope every person would wish to have. They speak to a gentle spirit, a loving way of life, and a willingness to control our own desires and needs, so as to be better aware of the needs of others. Essentially it boils down to living either a self- centered or an other-centered way of life.
When the Holy Spirit was poured forth upon the church, it came into full life, and wonderful things began to happen. We are blessed with that same Holy Spirit today – let us open our hearts to the gifts that are offered, that many good fruits will pour forth from them!