When I was 18, I spent three months living in Bangkok, Thailand. I enrolled in language class; not in an attempt to master the language, but simply to get to and from work in a taxi. Thai is a tricky language! To me, the Thai alphabet is most comparable to sanskrit. After three months I could confidently write my name. Yes, only my name! In addition to an alphabet foreign to me, Thai is a tonal language. So not only did I learn new words, I had to learn if that new word was spoken with a mid, low, high, rising or falling voice inflection. Same word, different tone. Wouldn't want to confuse "rice" with "beard!"
Fast forward a few years to my move to Northwest Iowa. I'm an Iowan so this should have been easy, right? There have been more differences than I expected. Language again being one of them. Northwest Iowa has a heavy Dutch infuence. My husband's heritage is 100% Dutch. I'm a proud mix-breed! As I glanced through the phonebook one day, I started laughing out loud. I realized that I couldn't pronounce most of the surnames I read! As someone who has had her name mispronounced for all of my 31 years, I take pronunciation seriously. So I began to learn Dutch pronunciation lest I make a phone call and a fool of myself at the same time. Goodbye easy names like Smith and Jones, hello Van Regenmorter and Kleinwolterink!
All of this thinking about speaking the language of where you live got me thinking about the Kingdom of God. If we are born-again, we are citizens of Heaven (now)!
"But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it we earnestly and patiently await (the coming of) the Lord Jesus Christ (The Messiah) [as] Savior."
As a citizen of Heaven, we ought to be speaking Heaven's language. What is Heaven's language? The Word of our God. Just like I had to train my brain and tongue to speak Thai and pronounce Dutch names, training is involved in this process of speaking Heaven's language. If you study a foreign language without ever speaking it, your skills will be lacking. The same is true of God's Word. Study is great, speaking is better!
"We too believe, and therefore we speak."
2 Corinthians 4:13
Therefore we speak. Speaking is a result of believing! Your words reveal what you believe and are an indicator of your homeland! I desire to be fluent in heaven's language so I'm purposing to ramp up my confessions. I've made some cards to help. You can dowload them for FREE to use for yourself or your students on our FREEBIE page!