Are you talking enough? Or too much?
It might come as a surprise for someone who speaks for a living, but I actually don't like talking that much. It's true that many words come out of my mouth every day but most of those are spoken for professional purposes. Outside of work, I really need to push myself and be very deliberate about verbal communication, particularly when it comes to telling people about Jesus.
Let me ask you a question. When was the last time you used some of the words you speak every day to tell someone about the Lord? Not one of those quick "hey man, Jesus loves you" comments but some deep conversation with a family member, neighbour, work colleague or friend.
This month we celebrate missions at Grace Church, so I wanted to share some thoughts around the role each of us are called to play in reaching those who don't yet know Jesus. Every single person who calls themselves a Christian is also called to represent Him to those in our circle of influence.
In John 20:21, Jesus tells the disciples "As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." What was one of the main things Jesus did while walking the earth? He used His words to bring a new message, a gospel of grace, and so we need to make sure that we are doing the same thing.
That means some of the words we speak must be saved for those times when we have an opportunity to share with a non-Christian. If we are not careful, we can get so talked out during the course of a normal day that sometimes we simply have no words left in order to share the gospel message. Let's not get so empty that we have nothing to give.
On the other end of the spectrum, sometimes we are not talking enough. Sometimes an opportunity is presented to us to share the love of Jesus but we keep our mouth closed. We allow fear or uncertainty or doubt or a myriad of other things to prevent the words from flowing. This is what happened to Moses at the burning bush.
Yet for Moses, and for you and I, the Holy Spirit promises to be with us and to give us the right words to speak when they are needed. Just be yourself, speak with authenticity and share about the personal relationship you have with Jesus. That is more powerful than anything polished or rehearsed.
So let me encourage you today that you, yes YOU, are the mouthpiece of God in 2020. He has always used imperfect and broken people like you and me to further the kingdom of God. So be deliberate about taking every opportunity to share the gospel to those around you.