The Bible says in Matthew 28:18-20:
“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Talking to others about Christ is not an option, but rather a necessity. Some answer the Lord’s call by becoming pastors, evangelists, or missionaries.
Crossing the language barrier is one of the greatest goals if you want to obey the Lord’s call on your life. It is necessary to have an attitude of surrender and perseverance.
So why learn Spanish?
I. It opens up the door to communicate with over 400 million Spanish-speakers world-wide.
The Spanish language is spoken by approximately 400 millon people. It is currently the fourth most spoken language in the world.
Now, when you read “…The harvest truly is plenteous…” (Matthew 9:37) you can see a whole new meaning.
II. It enables you to communicate with Spanish speakers in your own city.
If you live in the United States, you will be able to open up the lines of communication with Spanish-speaking people in your city, state, etc.
There are more Spanish-speaking people in the USA than in all of Central America! 53.5 million people speak Spanish in the United States and there are 44.6 million people in Central America. Be a witness in your own country.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
III. You can prepare yourself to work in another country.
Learning just a few phrases in Spanish can open many doors in the ministry as you seek to reach out to Hispanics, but really mastering the language will allow you to share God’s message clearly and accurately, without making mistakes that could literally be fatal.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15
IV. You can get to know the culture of the people you work with.
It is always easier talking to someone you already know than with a complete stranger. Communicating with others is not easy, especially if you do not know the language. The differences in culture can also lead to misunderstandings. Many times, missionaries, pastors or preachers can offend and be offended because of simply not understanding the culture of the people they are working with.
“18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”
1 Corinthians 9: 18-23
V. You can share the gospel, as well as teach and encourage your Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters in Christ.
When you learn a new language, a whole new world of opportunities is opened up to you – new people you can now speak to, which would have previously been an impossible feat. You are able to fulfill the Great Commission on a much larger scale.
“19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”