Can you interpret languages? Do you interpret the signs you see? Do you attempt to interpret what is going on around you? Have you ever used an interpreter? What does interpreting mean to you?
We interpret many things in our lives. On a daily basis we interpret body language. We interpret tone of voice. We may even interpret words or word phrases into something we can better understand. Interpreting is part of who we are.
There is a need for someone to interpret from one language to another. Some of us may be able to interpret a language or two. To be a good interpreter of languages takes a significant amount of learning. You need to know the culture, the meaning, slang or idioms, and maybe even body language or facial expressions.
Being able to interpret spiritual language is not something we can learn. It is purely a gift of the Spirit. We have either been gifted by the Holy Spirit to understand spiritual language or we have not. If there is no one who can interpret the spiritual language, whomever may be able to speak the language should not speak.
We do not see as many speaking with the gift of spiritual language as perhaps there were in the early church. However, there are occasions in which it happens. Yet, if there is no one who can interpret, it does not build up the church, which is one of the main reasons for the church to meet.
I pray we all seek to build up the church. I pray we keep quiet if we can speak a spiritual language and there is no one to interpret. I pray each one of us does our part to strengthen the body of Christ. Interpret if you are able. Be quiet if there is no interpreter. Seek to build up the body. Strengthen the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 14:26-28 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.