Congratulations and thank you. Congratulations on your generosity in raising $12,700 for our 15th Anniversary Keep Making a Difference offering. The “official” in-gathering time has ended, but if you didn’t get your gift in you still can. And thanks for all the emails I have gotten about how powerful our series in Proverbs has been. Your comments and emails have been so encouraging, providing clear and indisputable evidence that God is still speaking and His people are still listening. This past week’s message on Wisdom and Our Words seemed to be particularly powerful. Many of you have indicated that you are giving more thought to what you say than ever before, which in some cases is greatly reducing how much you talk!
I want to affirm that our words, all our words, really matter. In terms of the impact and spread of the Gospel in this world, beyond the power of the Gospel and the work of the Holy Spirit, what God uses most is our words. No doubt our actions matter…faith producing works and love in action and all that. But at the end of the day it is our words that God uses in real time to lead people into the Kingdom. This is what God tells us in the letter He had the Apostle Paul write to the church in Rome:
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!
(Romans 10:13-15, underlines are mine).
If God uses the words that we announce/preach, the words people hear, then all our words matter deeply. You see, all the words that we pronounce that are untruthful, hurtful, deceitful, gossipy, mean-spirited, vulgar and so forth inevitably diminish the credibility of the words we use to pronounce the Gospel…the account of the supreme act of God in human history, the saving event that is the life and death of God’s Son. I also think our inappropriate/unwise words sub-consciously undermine our confidence and readiness to share the Good News, which is why many never talk about God. All that to say that any time we spend letting God examine our vocabulary is time spent wisely. Without intending to be overly dramatic, someone’s eternal destiny may depend on it.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, hopefully with a friend you have invited to “come and see” while we all “seek and find”.