Have you ever tried to learn a new language? It's a difficult proposition. In addition to learning the actual words, there are different dialects, sentence structure, slang and jargon, and proper usage.
One of the fastest ways to learn a new language and practice what you've learned, is to speak to others in the same language. It's no different for Christians when we speak the language of our country -- the language of the Bible.
As a new Christian, there is a lot to learn about the Bible, Christian life, and how to live in accordance with the Scripture. I have been blessed to find myself at a church with sound Biblical teaching and have been blessed with a group of friends with whom I can speak "our" language.
For my fellow Christians out there -- let me ask you a question. Have you noticed a difference between the language of your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and the language of the rest of the world?
When I'm with my fellow Christians, we speak from the Bible. We talk about things of importance. Foolish words and subjects of folly are left aside. That's not to say that we don't laugh and have fun. Some of the most treasured times I have in my life these days are those times in fellowship with my brothers and sisters. There is lots of love and laughter and fun when we get together as a group. But we know that the days are evil, and there is work to be done, and when we speak, we speak of the Lord, that work that needs to be done, and of things to come.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that, "All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."
As a new Christian, learning the language means that I am able to:
- Learn more about God, his character, who he is, and all that he has done
- Store up His Word in my heart, that I might not sin against him (Psalm 119:11)
- Better connect with my brothers in sisters in Christ in fellowship
- Apply God's Word to my life; learning and understanding the path of righteousness
- Continue to grow in knowledge
Many years ago, when I was a young kid, maybe sixth grade or so, I learned American Sign Language. I was intrigued by learning a new language, but mostly, I was happy to know that I might use my newly-formed skill to help others. Indeed, many times in my life, the ability to speak ASL has come in handy and has helped bridge the communication gap for many people.
While learning ASL was helpful, learning this new language, the language of our Father in heaven, has proved to be the most valuable learning I've ever embarked on. Learning this language means assurance of salvation, knowing that I am assured eternal life and a place in heaven.
If you're a new Christian, I encourage you to learn the language. Be faithful in your study of the Word; find a church that teaches sound theology; surround yourself with fellow Christians and speak the language, encouraging each other and lifting each other up.
There are many worldly pursuits that we can become involved in, and to be sure, we all have to work, take care of our homes and families, and take care of the everyday necessities of life. But no worldly pursuit will ever be as important, as critical, as the pursuit of the knowledge of God and his Word.
Learn the language -- apply the language -- then, go out and share the language with others.