By Pastor Lee Hemen
August 15, 2008
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Could you honestly and openly ask others around you to repeat your words? Your every word? Paul did. Some of us may use a vocabulary that would make angels or sailors blush depending upon our audience when other Christians are not around, while some of us simply do not care who is around. It amazes me that so many in today’s world have absolutely no problem with the words they use. One major conservative editorialist, who happens to also be a Baptist pastor, often uses language that skirts the edge of Christian holiness. His argument is kind of odd, stating that words do not mean anything in of themselves. If they did not, then why does he bother to use them to preach with or write social conservative commentary? Words certainly do mean something. This is why Jesus said that what goes into a person’s mouth is not the problem, it is what comes out of their mouth in the form of words that speak of the true nature and character of the one speaking.
We love to pull the old proverbial rabbit out of a hat excuse “judge not, least you be judged,” forgetting that we are being ascertained by the words we use. Far too many Christians, because of the example of their leadership, are doing and saying things that smack of the world. They carry the stench of spiritual rottenness and reek of a pride of unholy living. There is an arrogance in attitudes and actions for many in the Christian church today that speaks more of being tainted by the world than trying to change it through the presence of Christ in one’s life. We have forgotten we are to be the salt and light and if Christians lose their godly influence through their holy living, they are only good for being thrown underfoot. God is not mocked nor does He sleep. He knows the intent of our hearts and why we truly use the language we do. Perhaps it is because we put more stock in ourselves than in Jesus, perhaps it is because we do not want to be seen as being different from those we hang with, perhaps it is simply because we are spiritually lazy, or perhaps it is because we truly are not saved and thereby have been spiritually changed through the power of the Holy Spirit?
Some might say that actions speak louder than words, but if your vocabulary is filled with ungodliness, your actions are a sham to your Savior whom you say you believe in. Do you truly think Jesus would use the words you do with the same vehemence or cavalier attitude? Dear child of the Lord, think about how you speak and the reflection you are to portray to the world around you. Let your “yes” be yes, and your “no” be no. May the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be pleasing to your Lord and Savior always. Besides it shows that you truly do have a relationship with the Savior and that you are able to teach others about the spiritual things of the Lord.
And this bring me to my final point: When you speak, what do you talk about? Do you ever mention Christ in your life? Do you relate how He is your Savior, Master, and the one whom you follow? Do you share with your listeners what He is doing in your life right now? Can you share with them how Scripture and prayer with Him have developed in you a deep inner peace and satisfaction that nothing in the world compares to? Is your conversation seasoned with the flavoring of holiness and the delight of God’s love in your life? Through the mere words you use today will you teach others about Jesus in a delightful way? Paul was able to tell Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” Can you? Oh, I pray so little one of the Lord.
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