Acts 8:18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me also this power so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
How much would you pay for the power of connecting someone with the Holy Spirit?
I can assure you that giving the Holy Spirit is a life-changing event for both the receiver and the giver! For some people, the Spirit’s action is visible in an immediate change in how they live and how they greet other people. In other people the change takes time before other people notice the change.
In the Presbyterian Church, the laying on of hands is a privilege entrusted to elders and ministers. But the gift of the Holy Spirit is always an act of God, which can happen any time.
While I was still in Seminary, training to become a pastor, I recall receiving the Holy Spirit in a nursing home from a woman whom Altzheimer’s had stolen her ability to speak coherently. I would greet her every week. On my last visit her voice became clear and steady while she recited the Twenty-Third Psalm with me. Then as I stood to leave, she patted me on the shoulder and her ability to communicate disappeared.
When have you connected with the Holy Spirit?