And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (Matthew 3:16 NRSV)

Have any of you ever mixed baking soda and vinegar? If you've ever made a homemade volcano with your children or when you were a kid, then you've probably played with vinegar and baking soda. Now baking soda by itself doesn't do anything, it just sits there. And vinegar by itself doesn't do anything but smell bad. Not very interesting, are they? But mix the two and watch it bubble up! When vinegar and baking soda are put together, they have a lot more power than when they are by themselves.

When John baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit came down on Jesus. Later the Holy Spirit came on some of his friends and they became powerful preachers. When we ask God to come into our lives, God gives us power, the Bible teaches us. Something happens inside us and we become new people. It may not be as dramatic as the effect of mixing vinegar and baking soda, but in the long run it is far more significant. For when God changes us, we become God's instruments. When that happens, we can change the world.


God of all, bring your Holy Spirit into my life to help me change the world for your glory and honor. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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