Step Two to sharing your faith
“And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ “ - Acts 2:12
Have you ever had a conversation with someone, and it felt like the two of you were speaking different languages? This can happen sometimes when I’m talking to my wife. She asks me what I think about something, and I give her my honest opinion. It turns out, she didn’t really want to hear every single thought that was on my mind. We both walk away from the conversation in a state of confusion.
In last week’s devotional, we read about a unique event in the book of Acts that also created confusion around language. Today, we will unpack Step Two in our series about sharing your faith: Confront the Confusion.
In Acts 2, God went to extreme measures to push his message forward. While the disciples were speaking, God was translating the message into all kinds of different languages at once. It was a supernatural experience that allowed people who were gathered from all tribes and tongues to hear a common message.
However, that event also created confusion. People were saying, “Whoa! What’s going on? What’s happening here?”
Acts 2:12 describes it this way: “And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’“
Some of the people gathered there began mocking the disciples. They said they must be drunk. That was the only rational explanation they could give for what was happening.
The same type of confusion happens in our society today when the gospel collides with culture. Is Jesus really who He said He is? Why does the Bible insist on such a narrow path? It can be a challenge to explain the biblical message to a culture that seems to be speaking another language.
We want to challenge you this week to confront the confusion. What can you do to help those around you better understand the Gospel message?