Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1,24.29-31,34; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13; John 20:19-23
A pastor made an investment in an old farm which he planned to enjoy in his retirement years. Still leading a very active church, he would take one day off each week from ministry to work on his property. But what a job! He soon realized that the farm he bought was nothing more than several acres of weeds, gopher holes and run-down buildings. By any measure, it was a mess, but the pastor was sure it had potential.
So every week he would go out to his land, crank up the old tractor and plow through the seemingly endless weeds and brush. Then he’d concentrate on much-needed repairs to the buildings. He’d mix cement, cut lumber, replace broken windows and patch up the plumbing. It was hard work for sure, but after several months things began to take shape. And every time the pastor completed a project he would beam with pride. Indeed, his hard work was beginning to pay off.