Serving Others with Our Words
Pastor Eugene reminds us that God desires us to speak words that bring life and flourishing to others for His namesake.
Are we hearers and doers of God’s word? The Book of Proverbs tells us that wisdom is knowledge made practical. Merely knowing about God’s truth does not make us wise. Godly wisdom involves internalising the truth in our hearts, so that we fear the Lord and walk in His ways.
Such wisdom will show itself in our words. God cares about how we use our tongue. Our words matter because we are meant to reflect God’s character and ways in how we speak. Our words are not our own, to serve our prideful and self-centred desires. If we belong to Jesus, then our words are subject to His lordship. As Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 10:31, the fame of God’s name is to be the overarching motivation for how we live: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If we are to glorify God in seemingly mundane matters like food, then how much more should we honour Him with our lips!
God works through His people to speak His truth into the lives of others. God desires to speak through us to bless them. Therefore we are to be wise stewards of what we say. Jesus, the Word of God, became flesh in order to come and serve, not to be served. In the same way, we should obey our Heavenly Father by using our words to serve others.
What does this entail?
- Commit to love as we have been loved. Serving others is not always easy. People can be difficult and unappreciative. Christ’s love is able to help us persevere. Because He first loved us, we are empowered to love others (1 John 4:19).
- Move towards others to know them. Ephesians 4:29 exhorts us to speak “only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion”. In order to speak what is fitting, we must know and understand the other person. Unless we do so, we risk talking past the person and our words will not be well received. So we should be quick to hear and slow to speak. Asking simple questions like, “How are you, really?” and “How can I pray for you?”. Invite the person to open their hearts to us. Don’t assume, ask. And be prepared to listen well.
- Affirm evidences of grace in someone else’s life. We can learn a lot from how Paul gives thanks to God for what he observes in the lives of other Christians. Take 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, for instance: “We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Telling someone that you thank God for them is wonderfully encouraging. Why not write a note or message to someone to express your gratitude to God for them?
- Come prepared for Sunday worship with a word of encouragement for someone. As we do our personal devotions during the week, pray for God to fill us with His word, so that we have the resources to build others up. Also, ask God to grow our affection for our brothers and sisters-in-Christ. God may press a particular passage of Scripture on our hearts and bring someone to our minds. Then, when we gather for corporate worship with other believers, come prepared to encourage them. Share with them the same Scripture that God used to strengthen you during the week.
This Sunday, Pastor Ian will be preaching from Proverbs on how we can wisely steward God’s wealth. Let’s prepare our hearts to receive God’s word. We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. Before we come to the table, let’s examine our relationships with one another and ensure that we are walking together in love and unity.
On Saturday, the GBC Men’s Breakfast Fellowship will be meeting at 9am to study God's word and pray for one another. Men, you are encouraged to join in prayer!