Are you speaking the right language?
Acts 21:37 “As the soldiers were about to take Paul into the barracks, he asked the commander, “May I say something to you?” “Do you speak Greek?” he replied.”
On my travels into non-English speaking countries I become excited when I finally meet someone who speaks my language. I no longer feel isolated, not knowing what is going on or where I am, I have found someone who can tell me. I am instantly connect to that person whether or not we have any other shared interests, the language joins us together.
Paul addressed the commander in the language he would be understood in.
The commander was taken aback by Paul’s ability to speak Greek. Paul had got his attention.
Last Sunday I attended the farewell service of a new missionary going to Chad to engage people in the Bible using their own tribal and national languages. It’s a tough task but I have every confidence in her ability to do well.
Every tongue (language) every tribe, every nation kneeling at the feet of Jesus, that is our dream.
Mission has taught me that every person on this planet needs to hear the gospel in their own language. If we want their attention we need to reach them in their mother tongue. We need to find a way.