As I’ve written before, Jesus was serious about the Great Commission and reaching the lost. In fact, when asked to tell His disciples to keep quiet, He says in Luke 19:40 “I tell you… if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” He indicates that a way will always be provided to those who are willing.
A perfect example is Pentecost in Act 2:1-12
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
In this day there is a lot of confusion on what it means to speak in tongues. I believe that this passage in Acts is a perfect example. God provided a way for the lost to hear His word in the easiest manner possible. The disciplines were not highly educated, they didn’t know all these languages. So God took advantage of the this time where many different peoples would be, and then He used the disciples weakness to His glory.
The point is not to be wrapped on the definition of speaking in tongues, but to rest on the idea that when you have reached the end of what you are capable of God will step in and make a way. Isn’t that what Jesus is about anyway. He was born into this world because following the Law was no longer enough. We couldn’t save ourselves from our own sin, so God gave His Son as payment in our place.