God has given us his spirit. That´s why we don´t think the same way that the people of this wordl think. That´s also why we can recognize the blessings that God has given us.
That´s why only someone who has God´s Spirit can understand spiritual blessings. Anyone who does not have God´s Spirit thinks these blessings are foolish.
We understand what Christ is thinking.
1 Corinthians 12 + 14 + 16 b
My grandson has discovered the record. "Grandpa, do you still have old records?" he asked. Grandpa had! From Abba to Beatles, from Bach to Beethoven. Grandpa delivered and gave his old Hi-fi record player. With LS-plug output for the speakers. Very, very old technology!
"Grandpa, can I connect my Bluetooth speakers with the record player?" - "No, that will not work!" I had to explain. That does not fit together. That is not compatible.
God and man, does that fit together? No, I think. God, the creator, and man, his creature - these are two pairs of boots. These are two worlds. God says that himself: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8)
Paul understands how incomprehensible God is: Who can measure the wealth and wisdom and knowledge of God? Who can understand his decisions or explain what he does? Has anyone known the thoughts of the Lord or given him advice?” (Romans 11:33 + 34)
Even the people Jesus was with were having a hard time understanding God. In a dispute with religious people, Jesus said: Why can´t you understand what I am talking about? Can´t you stand to hear what I am saying? (John 8:43)
Pentecost means to me that God makes me hearable through His Holy Spirit. Only through the Holy Spirit can I hear and understand what God wants to tell me. The Holy Spirit makes my ear and my heart "compatible" with God's Word.
As long as I live without the Holy Spirit, without his power, I will at best remain Christian. Religious. But God does not want religious people, HE wants people who listen to his voice and take his word seriously. Paul explains in Romans, chapter 8, why this is so important. Romans 8:14 “Only those people who are led by God´s Spirit are his children.”
Only through the power of the Holy Spirit I can learn to understand God. To understand his plan for my life. To understand His fatherly love to me. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit I can understand Jesus Christ and so I can love his words and himself. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible remains a historical book that I may occasionally read as I put on an old record. But through God's Spirit, God's Word becomes the source of life. I start to love God's Word. Through the Spirit of God the Word of God becomes alive (Hebrews 4:12): “What Got has said is not only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts.”
What do you give at Pentecost? Nothing, I suspect. At Christmas (birth of Jesus) people give themselves a lot of gifts. Even at Easter (death and resurrection of Jesus Christ) there are still giving gifts. At least for the kids. But at Pentecost? I don´t know anyone who gives a present at Pentecost. But God does! Jesus Christ is inviting us to get God´s present, always and everywhere (Luke 11:11-13):
“Which one of you fathers would give your hungry child a snake if the child asked for a fish? Which one of you would give your child a scorpion if the child asked for an egg? As bad as you are, you still know how to give good gifts to your children. But your heavenly father is even more ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks.”
I think you should ask for that! Again and again. So you do not always have to hang up the "old record" with the song "I did it my way". The Spirit of God makes Gods sound in your soul. The Holy Spirit will fill your heart with God's love, with his peace, with his joy.
Have blessed Pentecostal days!
picture: Street musician in San Francisco