Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Clarity of Christ in Speech

I am reminded of these verses this morning.

Col 4:2-6 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (emphasis mine)

I need to be reminded that my speech and the words of my mouth are one device that God can use to draw others to Him, whether they are believers or unbelievers. Far too often I speak impulsively or react suddenly with my mouth. Not necessarily in anger, but maybe more so to make sure that my point is heard. To make sure that my opinion matters. In reality, it doesn't.

What should matter when I speak is how clearly Christ is being heard. Isn't that the point of 1 Corinthians 13:1, that no matter how eloquently I speak, the effectiveness of my speech should be weighed by it's content of Christ and His love shining through. Without the love of God driving my motives, I become as annoying as a small child who will only play "Chopsticks" on the piano because it is the only song they know. In those moments or in the times of incessant tapping where I just cry out, "Stop it! You are driving me crazy!" May I then be reminded again of my speech and my need for God's grace in this area of my life also.

Do I weigh my words before I speak,
In the shadow of the Cross?
Is Christ clearly seen in every way,
My walk and talk and thought?
Do others all around me,
See any evidence of Him,
Or do they continue on their way
Just living as they've been?
May I hesitate to answer.
May I pause before I speak.
May I be more willing to be taught,
Less likely than to teach.
May sprinkled in the words I say,
God's grace be shown divine.
So all may see Christ's glory shine,
His kingdom built, not mine.

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