“For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27)
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been painfully shy. I never liked speaking up in class and was mortified at the thought of being called on by the teacher. I always preferred writing or using some other form of communication. I always felt more comfortable hiding behind a pen and paper, computer, or when I was younger, friends. However, during my last semester in college I shared all my classes with one classmate in particular. We never spoke but would give each other that “oh-you’re-in-this-class-too” kind of smile. One evening during our senior seminar class, he raised his hand and suggested to the teacher that she change the dynamics of the class to make it more comfortable for those who don’t speak up. He went on to say “take Romina for example, every time I look in her eyes I can’t help but wonder what she thinks about. I know she has all these amazing thoughts and opinions but I’ll never know what they are because she’s not comfortable speaking up in class”. The other students turned and looked at me with shock and surprise on their faces as my cheeks burned with embarrassment. That boy’s comment inspired a change in me I realized, at that moment, that my words mattered…your words matter.
As Christians we are the living, breathing embodiment of Christ’s teachings. We are the closest people will ever come to Christ and our words must be seasoned with salt. Our words hold truth and conviction, understanding and encouragement. Our words unlock the mysteries and knowledge of God. We have a responsibility to speak Christ into the lives of others. Some are talented, motivational, charismatic speakers who can easily incorporate God in their speech. Others can “speak” through the creativity of writing, music, and art. One of my favorite leisure activities is visiting art museums. I love looking at paintings and drawings, trying to understand the emotions and stories behind each piece. Though I have absolutely no artistic talent, I’ve always stood in awe of those who do. I once saw a beautiful painting of a cross and thought to myself how fitting the verses of Isaiah 59:2-12 would look painted within the cross, and how that minor change would make the painting come alive and speak God’s words.
Throughout our daily lives we engage in constant communication with others. We discuss things from the weather to politics, but nothing can be said that’s more important than God’s word. I encourage you to speak with all boldness, the oracles of God. Whatever way you choose to speak, I urge you to use the brilliant talents God has bestowed upon you to proclaim the gospel of truth. By sharing the Word of God you plant the seed, another can water it, and God will add the increase. Before you realize it, you took part in saving a soul.
“You don’t write because someone sets assignments! You write because you need to write, or because you hope someone will listen or because writing will mend something broken inside you or bring something back to life.”-Joanne Harris
We come to God by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17), believing what we’ve heard (Hebrews 11:6), repenting, which is turning from living for self to living for God (Luke 13:3), confessing that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior (Matt 10:32-33), and being baptized (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:15-16, and Romans 6:1-6)