I have just begun reading through the New Testament starting in the book of Acts. I have chosen to read in the New Living Translation to get a different take than my usual New American Standard/New International Version Parallel Bible. I recommend doing this on occasion to keep your Bible reading from growing stagnant. Today in my reading I was stunned by Acts 2:1-7 & 13…
"On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2Suddenly,there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4Andeveryone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.5At that time there were devout Jews from every nation livingin Jerusalem. 6 When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers.7They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!-----13But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk, that’s all!"
I pray today that God would give me the ability to speak the language of people. I pray nearly everyday that God help me “make sense” to people as I speak and teach. Herein Acts 2 we see God grant the miracle of making sense. People otherwise unable to receive the Gospel were spoken to in the language they understood. Is there any question that God cares about the audience? God is most concerned with people understanding the truth of the Gospel.
As you continue reading down to verse 13 you find there is what I like to call the “peanut gallery.” There will always be people who are ready and willing to criticize the work of God. Maybe they are skeptics that see this as so far “out there”that it must be explained some other way.Perhaps they are simply hard of heart and simply cannot understand what God is doing. Nevertheless, we(just like Peter) must keep in step with the Spirit. We must not stop sharing the Gospel or speaking the language that makes sense to people. I believe there are many today that hear the Gospel spoken in the language of technology and media. Let’s make good use of it! Get a website. Start blogging. Make a few friends on Facebook. For goodness sake, Tweet!
I pray that the Holy Spirit would fall on me with the miracle of making sense. I pray for all those who proclaim the truth of the Gospel on a regular basis would be given this gift. Make no mistake we have the same Holy Spirit today in us as the Apostles had that day and He still cares about the audience. As pastors, teachers and ministry leaders, may we study hard and prepare diligently but never forget to pray and surrender our sermons, our blogs, our Tweets, our status updates, our speech and our audience to the Holy Spirit.