When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. (Acts 2:6, NIV)
One thing I love when I read about the Pentecost event in Acts 2 is how all the many who were gathered in Jerusalem that day were able to hear what the disciples were sharing in their own native tongue. Sure many of those who had come from various places from around the world may have spoken Aramaic like the disciples, but that day they were able to hear what the disciples were sharing in a language they didn’t have to think or question or translate, for it was the language that they spoke on a regular basis.
There is something special in speaking in a language that people can relate to, and I think it is important for us as Christians to remember that. While we may have our own lingo and may know the scripture, we can’t always assume others around us have any idea of what we are talking about. That is why it is important to know and speak the language of those who are around us so they too can come to see and know what we have come to experience in faith…so they can get to know the Good News of Jesus Christ.
So I challenge us to consider what language we are speaking to those around us and what changes that we might need to make.