28 May 2020 – Acts 2:5-6 (NIV)

28 May 2020 – Acts 2:5-6 (NIV)

Scripture

Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.

Reflection

God’s plan has always been to bring together all peoples – from every nation and culture. The Pentecost symbolically revealed this plan by unifying a group that represented “every nation under heaven.” While they had previously been divided by language (and likely culture, tradition and other ways), they were made one as the Holy Spirit bound them together. Language was no longer an obstacle, pointing to the reality of our existence in heaven some day. But for the “God-fearing Jews” who had gathered for the Pentecost feast, their walls of division were broken down supernaturally.

God continues to bring together people from every nation that have absolutely nothing in common except for their shared love of Christ. In Christ, culture is something to be celebrated; it is not a barrier. As Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Wherever you are, take time to acknowledge God and trust in Him again. Give God your worries. Take a moment to give each thing you are worrying about back to God.

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Charlie Engelmann - Elder
Charlie Engelmann currently serving his third term as an elder of SCF. He is the director of Pepperdine University's Shanghai residential program and has lived in China on and off since 2001. He and his wife, Judith, have three kids: Ethan, Evangeline and EJ.