Heart Languages

Megan Nollet

Read: Acts 2:1-8

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (v. 4 NIV)

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit performed a miracle through the followers of Jesus. Though the disciples had presumably never taken a foreign language class, they were suddenly able to speak fluently in the native languages of each person gathered. Jewish people staying in Jerusalem from every nation heard God’s wonders declared as if in their hometown. Of all the spiritual gifts God could have displayed through Jesus’ followers when the Holy Spirit descended, God chose to empower the disciples to speak in tongues that day. This story shows that God desires to communicate personally with everyone who is waiting to hear his voice.

We see this desire of God’s heart all the time in our international work. A Words of Hope Uganda radio program listener was overjoyed when he heard Christian broadcasts in his own heart language for the first time. He wrote, “I thank God for the ways in which the Word is preached today that we may live. We have been privileged because now we do hear it in our own mother tongue—Bari.”

Maybe you can’t speak another language, but you can still communicate the gospel message in a personal way to those who need to hear it. First, listen—really listen—to someone’s story. Then wait for the Holy Spirit’s quiet promptings in your own heart. What message of hope would he have you share today? —Megan Nollet, WOH staff

Prayer: Lord, help me to use language that will lead others to you.