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Faith & values

March 22, 2014

Use voice for Christ

I wanted to start off by saying how thankful I am to God and to the Times-Enterprise for giving me this opportunity to share what God puts on my heart to write in these articles. It is a blessing from God to be able to share with community in which I live. God has given me a “voice” to share His word with others. What is your “voice”? There are many ways to use your voice for Christ.

Writing is the best way, for me, to convey my message. I have always loved to write and thank God He has given me the ability. Perhaps in writing, your love for Christ can be an act of evangelism. You may be like Paul when he said in 2 Corinthians 11:6, “I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.” Paul admits he may not be the best at public speaking, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know about the Lord. The important thing to remember is that His message be proclaimed. There are many forms of online and printed media available for you to spread the Gospel. Perhaps a Facebook post can brighten someone’s day. Maybe a text telling someone you love them and are praying for them or a card telling someone that they are special in the eyes of God.

Speech is another way to convey the message God has given you. You may be able to stand in front of a group without any intimidation. Your words can flow from your lips with perfect pronunciation and timing, but what is your message and who is it glorifying? Matthew 15:11 says, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” Your speech can be God-glorifying or self-destructive. What comes out of your mouth usually reflects what is in your heart. Outburst of angry speech could be a sign of anger in the heart. Outburst of praise to God can reflect a soul resting in His promises. Use every opportunity for public speech to the glory of God and not of your own benefit. Although every speech may not be a sermon, it can still be used by God to win souls to the Kingdom.

Action can be as simple as helping someone in need; someone who won’t be able to repay you for your good works. It can be volunteering at a food bank or serving in your local church. It can be caring for a widow next door or showing a young child what love looks like. Action without motives can be a very powerful witness to someone who doesn’t know Christ. You see a need and you are compelled by the Holy Spirit to act. Driven by compassion for the lost and the hurting, not by expectation of reward. Let them see Christ in your actions and by the way you love everyone.

The opponents to Christianity are all but silent and still. There are billboards going up every day telling people that God doesn’t exist, that people are better off without Him, and that God is only keeping them from a happy and fulfilling life. We must step up and speak out against these critics with not just some passion and commitment but with the power of the Holy Spirit behind us! Psalms 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?” What can they say or do to us if we speak out against them? Jesus said He will be with us to the end of the age. Take heart in that promise.

If you believe that we have been called to go out and make disciples, shouldn’t you use every form of communication God has given us? We all have stories about how God has been so good to us and so faithful even in our unfaithfulness. People need to hear those stories and be encouraged when life beats them down. I encourage you to find your voice for Christ and to continue to share just how wonderful He is. Whether in written form, or by speech or by action, share the love of Christ with everyone you know. Do it in Jesus name and to make Him known among the nations and your neighbors. We look forward to spending eternity with Him. I personally want others to yearn for that future as well. I leave you with this final verse of Scripture, Romans 10:14,”How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”

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