TUESDAY June 26, 2018
Speak to Be Understood
Even things without life, whether flute or harp, when they make a sound, unless they make a distinction in the sounds, how will it be known what is piped or played? For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle? So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.
1 Corinthians 14:7-9
Notice how Paul dealt with the problems of speaking in tongues. He helped the Corinthians to understand how spiritual gifts should be used in the body of Christ by giving them illustrations of different kinds of instruments. People understood the different sounds and recognized how they were to be used.
Israel would use a trumpet sound––shofar––to warn the people of the enemies’ approach. They had time to ready themselves for battle. If the shofar did not use the right sound, the camp would be in confusion and disorder. The people of Israel would not be ready to fight the battle.
When we attend a concert, and the orchestra is playing in harmony, and somebody plays their instrument out of tune, what happens? The music is ruined. Think about how many people in the Church are out of tune with God and with the Holy Spirit. They do not even know what is going on. They are not in the Spirit, but they are in the flesh––fully and completely.
God is a God of order. When we use our spiritual gifts, they should be used in harmony with the other gifts in the body of Christ. They should not stand out or cause confusion. When a person speaks God’s Word, it should be spoken in a language that everyone can understand.
The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.
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