“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Colossians 4:2-3, 5-6 NKJV
There can be a dissonance in the life of the believer, when one part of life does not match up with the Christian ideal. In my own life, in a state of frustration, I have been know to swear. I do not do this in the presence of others, but I do so in a worse situation: in the presence of my Lord.
“Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.”
James 3:10-12 NKJV
The more that I pray, I have noticed that my speech has been transformed along with my heart. When the born again follower of Jesus goes before the Lord in prayer, we have access into the Holy of Holies, into the very throne room of God. Jesus went to the cross for our sins, His boldly becoming the veil separating us from God. He was rent top to bottom, as God accepted payment for our sins. The veil in the temple was likewise rent, signifying that we can now have an audience with the Father.
That truth has radically transformed my view of prayer, and has served to refine me as I come to understand that I am a priest, granted access by the Great High Priest.
Because of what Jesus has done, I am mindful that I can take others to the Father through prayer. I have become an liaison between the living God, and the dead, interceding for those who do no know Jesus, that they can be made alive through salvation.
Brothers and sisters, our speech is the first thing that those we approach will encounter. Let us be mindful of how we speak, as what we say has the power of death and life.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
“But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.””
John 6:68-69 NKJV
We have been given the words of eternal life, the message of salvation. Let us not putrify that message with unwholesome speech. The world we live in is reflective of a world caught up in sin, and the values and speech thereof is corrupt. As followers of Christ, we stand in stark contrast as we portray the kingdom of God.
As we speak, let us walk wisely before the world, as we are being watched. They are looking for that thing that is different, that stands conspicuous against the backdrop of the sinful world.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”
Philippians 2:14-16 NKJV
People notice when you are polite. During my recent hospitalization, I could tell that the busy nurses and doctors appreciated the kindness given them. In my sickness, I was guided by the Spirit, as I had no strength to be civil on my own. God is making me over into the image of His Son. He is transforming me.
Let us actively surrender ourselves to the refinement of the Lord, bringing about the crucifixion of our flesh, our earthly desires and motives, that we be made effective witnesses for the Lord. All that is happening in our world is a warning, as the Lord is showing those who are paying attention, that time is short.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 2:20 NKJV
The world is in need of the living water, of fresh springs carrying the Good News. May we be those with leaky vessels, bringing a drink to satisfy the thirsty.