God Within Us

January 10, 2021
Passage: Acts 19:1-7

Acts Reading

Acts 19:1-7

Now, it happened that while Apollos was away in Corinth, Paul made his way down through the mountains, came to Ephesus, and happened on some disciples there. The first thing he said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace him with your heart? Did he get inside you?”

“We’ve never even heard of that—a Holy Spirit? God within us?”

“How were you baptized, then?” asked Paul.

“In John’s baptism.”

“That explains it,” said Paul. “John preached a baptism of radical life-change so that people would be ready to receive the One coming after him, who turned out to be Jesus. If you’ve been baptized in John’s baptism, you’re ready now for the real thing, for Jesus.”
And they were. As soon as they heard of it, they were baptized in the name of the Master Jesus. Paul put his hands on their heads and the Holy Spirit entered them. From that moment on, they were praising God in tongues and talking about God’s actions. Altogether there were about twelve people there that day.

Prayer #514, UM Book of Worship

For the Mind of Christ

Let us remember Jesus:
Who, though he was rich,
yet for our sakes became poor and dwelt among us.
Who was content to be subject to his parents,
the child of a poor couple’s home.
Who lived for thirty years the common life,
earning his living with his own hands and declining no humble tasks.
Who the people heard gladly, for he understood their ways.
May this mind be in us which was in Christ Jesus.
Let us remember Jesus:
Who was mighty in deed, healing the sick and disordered,
using for others the powers he would not invoke for himself.
Who refused to force people’s allegiance.
Who was Master and Lord to his disciples,
yet was among them as their companion and as one who served,
Whose desire was to do the will of God who sent him.
Let us remember Jesus:
Who loved people, yet retired from them to pray,
rose a great while before day, watched through the night,
stayed in the wilderness, went up into a mountain, sought a garden.
Who, when he would help a tempted disciple, prayed for him,
and for the perfecting of those who received him.
Who observed the traditions,
but defied convention that did not serve the purposes of God.
Who hated the sins of pride and selfishness, of cruelty and impurity.
Let us remember Jesus:
Who believed in people and never despaired of them.
Who through all disappointment never lost heart.
Who disregarded his own comfort and convenience,
and thought first of others’ needs,
and, though he suffered long, was always kind.
Who, when he was reviled, uttered no harsh word in return,
and when he suffered, did not threaten retaliation.
Who humbled himself and carried obedience to the point of death,
even death on the cross,
wherefore God has highly exalted him.
Let us unite in prayer that Christ may dwell in our hearts.
O Christ, our only Savior,
so come to dwell in us that we may go forth
with the light of your hope in our eyes,
and with your faith and love in our hearts. Amen.