“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” Acts 2:4
What is it like to be so full of the Holy Spirit that you suddenly begin to praise God in foreign tongues and witness to the world through performing miracles in His name? The miracle of Pentecost was the gift that Jesus promised in verses 4 and 5 of Chapter 1, and with this, the disciples were launched into ministry.
God has given me the Holy Spirit. God has gifted me when preaching in my pastor’s place when needed; He has gifted me when teaching Bible Study or Sunday School. It is a glorious feeling to know that God is using me to reach His people. I have never spoken in tongues. But, interestingly, when the disciples spoke in tongues in this passage, people from various countries recognized the tongues as their own; they could understand what the disciples were saying and through those words many were saved. Remembering that their mission from Jesus was to be His witness to “the ends of the earth” (1:18) it makes sense that the Holy Spirit would enable them to communicate in the languages of those He wanted to reach.
The Holy Spirit provides what we need in order to serve Him as He has uniquely called each of us. The disciples needed to witness to foreigners so He gave them the gift of tongues. God has given me the gifts of the written and spoken words. It’s up to me to use those gifts to His glory and trust that He will reach people through them.
Ponder this: What gifts has God given me? Am I using my gifts to His glory for His purpose?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, As unworthy as I am, you have chosen me to share your Gospel. Help me to use the gifts and talents you have given me to your glory. Let my witness be vibrant, enthusiastic, and true to your Word so that those who read my words or interact with me see only You. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.