“And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” Acts 2:8
As we participate in our local church, and then consider the global Church, what are the commonalities that exist between us? What are the most basic points of connection? Similar interests and hobbies? Or more substantial things like policies and ideologies?
Fact is, that God’s Church in Africa and Asia looks far different from His Church in North America. Yet, we’re family. We’re connected. We’re brothers and sisters in Christ!
How does this happen?
Before the Spirit came at Pentecost, the Good News of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection had only gone as far as a select group of followers. Once the Spirit fell, like wild fire, the Word spread instantly to people of different tribes (every nation under Heaven). One unified and unifying message was communicated, and suddenly, different people groups were brought together!
This miraculous sign put the power of God on display, as the Spirit revealed Christ to each Jew in his own dialect. This awe-inspiring event put God’s glory on display for all who were there to see, regardless of age, demographic, political affiliation, and even language. He united people from far off lands, crossing cultural barriers.
We respond to the Spirit’s work in the Church when we lay down our differences, whatever they may be, and allow Him to lead us in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, for the glory of God the Father.
God, help me to consistently submit to You, and be led by You, so that we might show the world what it looks like to be unified as one Church—the bride of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
For Further Reading
2 Peter 1:1-17