I went on a mission trip to Mexico and “hid” in the background. A man prayed the last night, “Lord, if we only knew a little bit of Spanish so that we could communicate Your love.” I was convicted of my pride and fear. I had studied Spanish twenty years earlier but never spoke fluently so I chose silence.
I repented and God used me as a tongue for the English speakers and the Spanish ones. I shared the Gospel, encouraged fellow believers and led two people to Jesus. I had never led anyone to the Lord before. What an incredible day!
The people at Pentecost heard the amazing things of God spoken in their own language. Like them, we can tune our ears to the prompting of the Spirit. Often, we feel awkward when we step out of our comfort zones. Consider the opportunities we might miss if we choose to be spiritually deaf rather than speaking the language of love.
Lord, release us from fear and pride so that we can be more effective for You.