Read today’s scripture here: Acts 2:1-47
Today’s blog written by: Shauna Charles
So as we delve into this week of reading, we look at the birth of the Church! The first verse of Acts 2 says “on the day of Pentecost”, which some people call the ‘birthday’, or official starting point of the church. Acts is a snap shot of all God was doing and the lengths He would go to bring change to the people and their way of thinking.
The first few verses of Acts 2 say: “On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.” LCBC believes in people “doin life together”… what better example than this. They people were together. There was an element of Community, a being in one place, obviously physically but also spiritually. They were experiencing the same things. Hungry for the same thing; for God’s presence to be with them.
“Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.”
I LOVE that God chose to show Himself to people — people from every nation. He used the one thing, their native language, to meet them where they were. I love how God “met” the people by allowing those who were believers to speak their language. My guess is that the people of Acts didn’t have understanding of what they were saying, but God spoke through the believers to reach those around them. Like God did to Moses and the burning bush (Exodus 3). Like He did with Balaam and his donkey (Numbers 22). God shows us again and again how much he desires relationship with us and He will use whatever means — our language — to meet us.
How often does God choose to “speak” our language?
What is God doing in your life – what change are you experiencing?