Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:23-25
So if the whole church comes together and everyone speaks in tongues, and inquirers or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So, they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”
Verse for Meditation: Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers; prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. – 1 Corinthians 14:22
Devotional: When the Spirit of God moves among his people, surprising things can happen. Probably the most surprising of all things that could happen would be for an unbeliever, present in a worship service, to have his heart laid bare and come under a full conviction of sin. Imagine being present in such a worship service, one in which this same unbeliever cries out, “God is really among you.”
Paul says this is one of many purposes for the proper use of the gifts of the Spirit – to draw the nations back to the God who loves the people of the world. At Pentecost, people from various nations heard the works of God in their own language as God poured out his Spirit and brought forth tongues. It was a dramatic and surprising reversal of the Tower of Babel when God confused the languages of the people of the world.
God moves in surprising ways. Are you ready for His surprises?
Question to Consider: In what ways will you open yourself to the challenging and surprising ways God may want to move in your midst?