READ ACTS 11:14–18

The death of billionaire real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley left the fate of an abundance of money in question. Normally, a last will and testament divides such a fortune among living relatives, but hers had an abnormal twist.

Helmsley left twelve million dollars to her dog, Trouble, and not a cent to her two grandchildren. Though the grandchildren may not have expected great inheritance, they likely never anticipated their grandmother leaving more in her will to her pet than to them.

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning” (Acts 11:15).

In this verse, Peter described the first time Gentiles (non-Jewish people) received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Jewish believers who first had objections recognized by the end of Peter’s testimony that salvation and the Holy Spirit wasn’t exclusively their inheritance. Peter’s account was a revelation that this gift wasn’t limited to one race or tradition. Instead, it was and still is God’s endowment to all who follow Jesus and ask.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, allow Your Spirit to lead me into unexpected opportunities to tell others about Your gifts.

Quicklook: Acts 11:15–18

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