I’ve always wanted to be fluent in another language (a fact hidden from those who’ve heard me speak French) and so the opportunity to learn Swedish fulfils a life ambition and goal. However there’s a big difference between fluency and being bilingual. I may, in time, become fluent. My children, and especially our youngest, will be bilingual. They will, in time, be as natural and at ease in either Swedish or English and will be able to swap between the two without much effort.
Often as Christians we are mono-lingual. Able to converse in the language of the church but not of the culture, able to speak to and communicate with believers, often powerfully, but can’t say two clear words to someone who doesn’t believe. At other times we lose the language of the church but as we do so we can become disconnected from that which makes us who we are, our connection to Christ. What is needed are bilingual believers.