Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language?
Have you ever been to a country where a different language is spoken? Even if you are familiar with it, when you hear your own language, it is like a beacon – we are intricately connected to our roots through our language. That’s how it was for those who heard the disciples speaking in different languages on the day of Pentecost.
The Holy Spirit came to them with the gift of being able to reach others through speaking their own language. This gift wasn’t for the disciples specifically, but that those around them might be touched by God’s love. That’s how it is with all of God’s gifts, they are given to us for a purpose, to further His work through us.
What gifts has God given you to build His kingdom here? Each of us have something special He can use to continue the mission Jesus gave us – to make disciples of all the world. Ask God to help you put your gift from Him to good use in the world. Someone out there needs what you have to share.
Loving Lord, thank You for all the good gifts You provide for us. Help us to be good stewards of these resources that You may be glorified and Your children brought back to connection with You. Amen.