Today's devotion is based on Acts 2:8-11, “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!”
Imagine what it must have been like that day. You could not understand the language being spoken, probably Arabic when suddenly you understood the message in your language. We do not know if the Apostles spoke all the languages or if the Holy Spirit changed their language in the ears of all the foreign languages represented that day. However, it took place those who were there that day were a united people as they heard the same message in each of their languages.
The Holy Spirit continues to work through the Word to unite us with God. When we read and study the Bible, or when we walk through those church doors, we are stepping into a place where we find unity amid diversity. The Spirit takes us to a place that transcends time, language, and culture. With our unique backgrounds and cultures and languages we hear the same wonders of God proclaimed—the wonderful news of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the nations. We are one with Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Please pray with me; Come, Holy Spirit, unite and strengthen my bond with all believers everywhere by the power of your Word so that we become one people in Christ. Amen.
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