February 11, 2018
Read Acts 2:1-13
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Scripture- Acts 2:11b- "And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
Observations- So as the Holy Spirit descended upon the followers of Jesus and made a home in them what was the miracle? Well, obviously the fact that they were speaking in foreign languages they had no familiarity with was quite surprising and amazing, but even more important was the message being delivered and heard by so many other people in the language they spoke. The Good News was being shared. The stories of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection were being proclaimed and understood.
Application- Anytime we enter into another person's world to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them there is a way in which we are attempting to "speak their language," and that is a beautiful miracle. Does it help to listen to a person's story, get to know them as they are, and address the way Jesus will meet them at their deepest point of need? I think so, and it's what Peter meant when he urged Christ followers to always be ready to share our faith: "And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way." (1 Peter 3:15b-16a).
Prayer- Lord, everyone kind of speaks their own language, so lead me to enter into other people's lives in a way that invites further conversation, deeper connection, and a natural and normal way to invite them to respond with faith in Jesus Christ. Help us be a church where New Hope comes alive in our lives and in the lives of the people You have for us to touch and bless. Amen.
"And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." (Romans 5:4-5),
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