The following devotion was written for a teacher staff meeting at our school …

In a recent message on the Apostles’ Creed we were talking about the part of the Creed where we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit (and) the holy Christian Church,” and we were looking at Acts chapter 2 where Jesus pours His Holy Spirit out on the day of Pentecost – the birthday of the New Testament Church. I pointed out that after the tongues of fire appeared, and people began speaking in languages foreign to them, the Apostle Peter stood up on the Temple steps and preached an amazing sermon. What was amazing about his sermon wasn’t just that following it 3000 people were baptized that same day … but that Peter was boldly confronting and convicting people who had called for the crucifixion of Jesus!

Who was this Peter? Just a little more than 50 days before this, Peter shrank back in fear when a young servant girl identified him as someone who was a follower of Jesus; he denied even knowing Him! And then after Jesus was crucified Peter, along with the other disciples, hid behind locked doors for fear of the Jews and the Romans. But something changed in Peter when he saw the risen Jesus – and even more so when the Holy Spirit was poured out on him at Pentecost … He was supercharged by the Holy Spirit! The Spirit enabled him to do things that he never would have done otherwise, and perhaps never could have even imagined.

And this is what God’s Spirit does for all His people. We may not have the Holy Spirit given to us as tongues of fire in the city of Jerusalem, but we are all given the Holy Spirit in our baptisms – just as the Apostle Peter said in his sermon that day:

 “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. – Acts 2:38

All believers are empowered – even supercharged – by the Holy Spirit.  I think that as teachers you not only need God’s Spirit to do the challenging and loving work that you do day in and day out. But you demonstrate His Spirit to our children and their families as you love and serve them. Now, I’m sure there are many days where you don’t feel as though you have the strength to be as patient, loving or kind as you need to be in the role that you serve but you have His Holy Spirit in you to give you that strength.  And I see the fruit of His Spirit at work in you. We are so blessed to have all of you serving at our school.

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you that you are with us. And thank you that you pour out your Spirit on us even today. I ask that you give our teachers an extra measure of your grace. Fill them with your Holy Spirit so that they demonstrate the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that comes only from you. Refresh them in their work and let your Holy Spirit be evident in them. In your Name we pray, Amen.