Pentecost is often called the “birthday” of the church. And on your birthday, you receive gifts. In that respect, the Spirit’s presence is like a birthday present. When God shows up, a powerful and needed gift is always part of the package. But happens when, like at your birthday, you don’t get the gift that you want?
While most of us would be slow to admit it, we often look at God with that same “present face” we show our loved ones. God gives us, the church, the gift of faith and we smile and nod and then think, “Couldn’t you have given us something more useful?” Or we receive wisdom or knowledge and think, “Money and some young families would be nicer God.” We often have a hard time accepting the gifts of God’s Spirit because we have come to depend on the gifts most valued in our world. We want tangible, product oriented, do-something abilities and talents. But God has given us something far better.
Instead of trying to hide, bury, or exchange our Spirit given gifts, let’s try celebrating them instead. Fifty days after his glorious resurrection, we now have everything we need to be Christ in and for the world. Instead of holding back, let’s step out putting each gift to use for the benefit of all.