In early 1973 I went to Wudinna to listen to a preacher who was travelling with a group to Perth on motorcycles. I had heard about the Rev John Smith and so was keen to hear him speak. I remember being in the hall on a warm summer’s night listening to a very enthusiastic 30 year old man wearing bikie clothing. I was amazed that he could hold the attention of so many people but I was 16 and had a short attention span (still have) and I soon became bored. John had only just begun as a Christian biker and was still new at that game, he had been a conservative minister of a Church less than 2 years earlier wearing a suit & tie with his short neat hair. John had a vision to reach the
people outside of the Church with the Gospel through the God Squad and their motorcycles. He went on to have a powerful & successful ministry for many decades. So on this night back in ’73 he was new to his calling and I didn’t understand him, but one of the men with him shared his testimony and I remember thinking, wow, you make sense. He spoke my language! He was a rough & tough man from the streets of
Melbourne on his Norton 850 Commando and he spoke a simple message that touched my heart. This reminds me of how the people who had gathered in
Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost would have listened and understood a
message from the disciples in their own language thanks to the Holy Spirit.
“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?” Acts 2:1-8, ESV.
God is still speaking to us today in powerful and meaningful ways. Listen and accept His message. Also, God, through the Holy Spirit, prompts us to speak a word or helps us with an act of kindness that could be just the right thing for someone to accept Jesus.