“While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.”
Peter and the other believers are shocked that people outside of their national heritage have been given the Holy Spirit. With our global connections today, it is probably less surprising to us that there are Christian churches in places all over the world. Yet how often do we consider the depth of our connection to our brothers and sisters? Do we even think about those people beyond our hometown, state, or country? Like Peter, we might be surprised to find out who is praying with us. As you read the words from Bartholomew I, consider—really consider—your personal perception of our relationship to the people you do not see every day.