14th July 2020
"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
Revelation 3:21-22 (NKJV)
The other day I was talking to a woman I know who has what I think is a very strong accent - and yes English is her main language.
Even though I have spoken to her a number of times before, on this particular occasion I had real difficulty in understanding what she was saying. In fact I think I missed most of what she was saying.
If someone else from the same country had been in the conversation they would have no trouble understanding what she was saying.
I wonder if anyone else can identify with ‘nodding politely’ and hoping that was the appropriate response to what the other person is saying!
The reason I could not understand the accent was because I was not brought up with it, I was not attuned to it and had not spent enough time listening to it.
In Jesus’ time on earth there were many people who ‘heard’ what He was saying but at the same time did not really hear or understand the language He was speaking, i.e. the language of the Kingdom.
Our heavenly Father wants to speak to us and I think He is already speaking more than we realise, however we are not always listening as well as we should.
The advice to anyone going overseas to live is to immerse themselves in the culture firstly in order to become accustomed to hearing the language and also speaking the language.
In a similar way, to hear what God is saying means deliberately listening and attuning our spiritual ears to His voice. When we pray, when we read His Word and when we give time for Him to speak to us we will become more and more attuned to what He is saying.
The interesting thing is - the more time you spend in His presence the more likely you are to pick up a ‘Kingdom Accent’ whenever you speak.
Some English friends who I think still have a strong accent went back to the UK for a visit and caught up with family. While they were there someone who didn't know them commented ‘You guys are Aussies aren’t you?’ Living here had influenced their accent.
Let’s attune our ears to heaven’s language and trust that our speech and accent will give away the fact that we belong to a different Kingdom.