A Place At The Table

Day 5 of 7 • This day’s reading

Devotional

The Bible 

There are many different languages in the world, and every language has meaning. —1 Corinthians 14:10

Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who didn’t use the same language as you? 

It can be a comical experience at first—each person wildly gesturing to items, like trying to play a game of charades. But the longer you don’t feel understood, the more your frustration will likely grow. Neither you nor the person you’re attempting to communicate with are at fault—you simply don’t express yourselves using the same language. 

To sit down at the table of His kingdom is to rub elbows with someone from Papua New Guinea who speaks Mekeo, a Deaf sign language speaker from Romania, or a woman who speaks her Peruvian language of Napo Quechua. Earth is filled with languages, and they all matter to God (1 Cor. 14:10). 

People form relationships with God and His Word when they have it in a language or form they understand. 1 Corinthians 14:9b says it this way: “If you speak to people in words they don’t understand, how will they know what you are saying? You might as well be talking into empty space” (NLT). 

Our call, as followers of Christ, is to share the Gospel with others. That looks like meeting people where they are and introducing them to the God who speaks their language.

Food for Thought:

  • What language do you wish you could speak?
  • Who are some people who have helped to shape and grow your faith?
  • How is your life different because you have access to the Bible in your own language?

God asked Misriani to do something she never thought she would—step outside of her comfort zone and bring the Gospel to people in her own language!