A Daily Devotion for Friday, August 26
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
This verse records Peter passing on what Jesus had told him to pass on to others: repenting and accepting Jesus leads to the gift of the Holy Spirit. The next verse is especially precious to me (and I failed to include it somehow!). It reads, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” This reassurance is important to me. I have struggled with this in the past, wondering if Jesus meant for his promises to be enjoyed at that time, and with those select few. But the more I learn from scripture, I learn how organized and complete the plan was. God wants everyone to know him, to believe in him, to seek and follow him. No exceptions.
Holy Lord, thank you for your Holy Spirit. I am included. Amen