As this cartoon shows, words run rampant in life...but does that mean we are saying anything?
Whether it is with our own family and friends, the volume of words and info on the internet, or the commentators from TV, there are a lot of words said but not always a message being given.
Words + More Words ≠ A Clear Message
So what about our words? What topics do we talk about? Do we get below the surface with others in our workplace or at home? Even in our praying and speaking with God?
- To ask about what someone's dream is?
- Where they saw God work in this week?
- The most meaningful moment of a day?
- To share our deepest heartbreak or question with God?
Scripture reminds us to use our speech well. That we are not to be shallow or unthoughtful with our words. That we represent the gospel and God's values in our everyday conversations, not just in our actions, but in our words.
That our kids are shaped by our words of grace...and by criticism.
That our co-workers see if our faith touches our life...or is something we only engage on Sunday.
That our neighbor sees what Jesus Christ and the gospel are about by what topics come up in our conversation...and what doesn't.
In our words (how we speak and what we say), we reveal what we really believe about God. So your words can reveal what your theology is. Jesus' words are convicting for any of us: "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Luke 6:45)
BUT...it is encouraging that to put our faith in Jesus Christ means our hearts are being transformed...renewed...re-created in his image. And so our mouth and words become gospel tools and instruments for bringing God's light to a broken world He loves.
The Result: God casts a renewed vision for the "ministry of your mouth."
- Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matthew 15:10)
- Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)
- Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)