SATURDAY, January 22
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.”
The miracle of Pentecost, according to Willie James Jennings, “is less in the hearing and much more in the speaking. Disciples speak in the mother tongue of others, not by their own design but by the Spirit’s desire.” Can we imagine what that looked like? In the heart of Israel, in the shadow of the Temple, these disciples proclaimed the glory of God in the mother tongue of other peoples! It was not their own language, but the languages of others (Acts 2.11).
Can we imagine what that would look like here? Worshiping the Lord together in one place, celebrating the wonders of our God, in the 120 languages represented in the greater Richmond area? Can we imagine what would happen if the peoples who live around Cornerstone were to hear the mighty works of God in their heart languages sung from our lips!?
Way to Worship
Praise God the Father that He did not leave His mighty works in Hebrew. Rejoice that His wonders were not left in Latin and Greek, but passed to us in our mother tongues. How wonderful that fathers and mothers of the church across the millennia did not confine the good news to an ancient tongue but spoke it into our lives in words we understand.
Doxology performed by Anthem Lights featuring Selah
A Dios el Padre (Doxologia) Marcos Witt
Way to Wait
Today, ask the Lord how He would have you share His mighty works with the men and women around you. What languages and cultures are there in your neighborhood that are blocked because they don’t speak English? How would Jesus call you to share His glory with them?