In today’s global economy, multilingual skills are in demand. To prepare school-age children for their careers, they are learning multiple languages, not just their primary language. That wasn’t a thing for my generation in the 70s. And in my 51 years of living, it hasn’t been a necessity; so I do not possess those skills.
There is a reading plan on @youversion entitled Speak Over Me. Each of the seven days considers how God speaks over us; for example, he speaks affirmation, restoration, and healing over us. My reading this morning included this statement regarding his speaking grace over us:
On the cross, Jesus restored all things. He taught us grace and it was a language that, until that moment, we did not understand.
Interesting. Not only does God speak over us, he also teaches us how to speak a language we did not understand previously. How about that? And I’m guessing it’s a language I need, and so does everyone else around the globe.
So what languages can we learn from God, languages that we maybe didn’t understand until he started teaching us? Languages that his Son spoke while here with us in statements like…
- “Neither do I condemn you” – the language of hope
- “I lay down my life for you” – the language of sacrifice
- “They know not what they do” – the language of forgiveness
- “I have come so you may have life” – the language of purpose
- “I know my sheep” – the language of connection
- “As my Father loved me, I have loved you” – the language of love
- “Love your neighbor as yourself” – the language of peace
- “Do not despise one of these little ones” – the language of protection
- “No one can snatch you out of my Father’s hand” – the language of security
- “Be not afraid, only believe” – the language of faith
When Jesus spoke these words, some understood the language immediately. And their lives were not the same. And they began speaking new languages. They became multilingual in spiritual languages.
It was needed then. It is needed now. These languages can be taught. They can be learned. We can possess these skills. We can all be multilingual.