It is peculiar that I sometimes start sneezing when my thoughts engage with Holy Spirit. Truthfully, it hasn’t happened for a while now. I am not quite sure when this pattern started, but I know that when it does happen, I am to slow down and hear what is stirring inside my heart.
And today, my sneezing happened.
Like most readers, I am on this quest to read the entire Bible in one year. I haven’t read all the scriptures, which may surprise some of you. I have read parts here and parts there, but not the entire Bible.
And as my readers may know, my eyes become tired quickly, and reading becomes difficult. So, I listen to the scripture as I read along. Before reading/listening, I asked for Holy Spirit’s wisdom to highlight some things.
According to the Bible plan I have committed to, today’s reading takes me to Genesis eleven, and verse six was highlighted: “… The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them.
“Same Language.” They were using the same dictionary. Read the post on January 6th.
Everyone was on the same page, understanding words and having unity, and much could be accomplished, so God confused the language.
I can understand why God did that back then. But we need unity today. As a whole, we need to understand what each is trying to communicate if we are ever going to accomplish great things for the Lord.
My heart starts to cry as I ponder how an infant communicates with others. A parent’s desire to understand their child’s gibberish and cries can lead to trying everything to their knowledge to interact appropriately.
So why would I cry over something familiar in the parenting world? Because I see each of us as infants, desperately trying to communicate with one another.
Today, we live in the times of the New Testament. What makes NT people different from the Old Testament people?
The main thing that makes us different is that the Messiah has redeemed us and that we’re under the new covenant. We also have Holy Spirit living in us.
The NT says we will be baptized and empowered in the Holy Spirit. The role of Holy Spirit is to uncover (pull scales off our eyes) to reveal the Messiah, to arouse a hunger, and to draw us to the WORD. Also, Holy Spirit gives us understanding and infuses boldness in each of us to move past the restraints of the enemy.
Also, in the NT, we read that we are to be unified in Christ.
We are told to disciple the nations of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God. If we define ‘nations’ as families, i.e., the twelve tribes became the twelve nations. We are to disciple our families.
So here is where I am going.
I looked at all the branches of my nation (family): children and grandchildren, brothers/sisters, brothers-in-law/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. You get the picture. By teaching and learning the Word of God together, we become unified in Christ.
And as each person in my nation goes out into the “workplace” working long side of other nations (other families) but having a common language (the WORD of GOD) yet different dialects (pronunciation), what can we not accomplish?
Once we see each tribe (family, church) as one in Christ, communicating with each other using the same dictionary (the WORD of GOD), nothing we set out to do will be impossible. So, let’s get with our nation (family) and be unified in Christ.
I want to reiterate that I am not getting lost in researching the web (blue letter bible and other tools) to accredit my thought process. Right or wrong, I am just sharing, not “shelving,” the conversations that stir my heart.