So all at once, God steals the show. These very concerned, very confused followers of Christ were clinging to their faith and all at once, God shows up in a big way. As is always the case with God, his timing could not have been better.—It was the Feast of Pentecost, God fearing Jewish people from across the known world were gathered to celebrate God. Little did they know, they were going to see him live and in action.
Jesus followers appeared and started sharing the good news and all the people heard it in their own language. It was mystifying to most–that these country folks, were explaining to the world that there was hope in Christ. It was equally mystifying that these fearful followers were now speaking with authority and courage. Yet, in the midst, there were still people that completely missed the message and all they could see were a group of drunks.
In our world and in this time, we are still called to speak the word boldly and with passion. Many that hear it will be mystified and changed forever. Still others will miss the message and cling to the skepticism of their lack of faith in God. For us, his chosen, we are simply to speak the truth in love. It is God’s job to communicate the message in a language people will understand. It has never been our job to convert—only to communicate. God then takes over and begins to change the world.
God Bless You
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.
Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome both Jews and converts to Judaism; Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”