When they heard this, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. — Acts 19: 5–6
Receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit should cause effects. The Bible text is taken from the story of Paul’s encounter with the disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus. John’s disciples had left him for Jesus, but they had not yet been baptised in the name of Christ. They also did not know that there is a Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit causes effects in the life of the believer. These are manifest when we
- give room to the Holy Spirit.
- avoid ungodly influences.
- endeavour to be vigilant, and recognise God’s help and support in everyday life.
- discover our spiritual gifts.
Let us use our spiritual gifts and serve our family, congregation, and community and promote spiritual development.