“The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.”
See the picture: on one side the circumcised believers holding proof in their bodies that they are Gods people. On the other side, the uncircumcised holding no proof at all, part of the ‘we are not God’s people’ brigade.
When there is no proof you belong to God.
When you look like any other person in the world.
When you don’t qualify.
When you have nothing to give or bring.
When you are the rejected, the scorned and the forgotten.
When you are not born into faith.
When you are not brought up in the faith.
When those in your faith put you out of their faith.
When you are mistaken, abused or forgotten.
When your name is not on the list, when you are not chosen and your face doesn’t fit in many God-circles.
When the rest can’t believe the best for you.
When they look down on you from heir lofty heights of purity.
When they, you and everyone else least expects it …. then maybe at this time more than at any other you are in the position to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
So let the onlookers be astonished as you receive what you don’t deserve, the unconditional amazing grace of the Spirit. Come Holy Spirit!