“The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Provers 18:21)
“When you arrive in America, remember your identity and your purpose in Christ.” This was a life-changing conversation I had at age 10 with my pastor just before I immigrated to the U.S. He had given me my English name, “Timothy,” because Timothy in the Bible was a young man who proclaimed Christ and my new name served to remind me that I belonged to God to proclaim Christ despite my young age.
Words are our God-given instrument to communicate, to rule, to love, and even to hate. With words we communicate the simplest thoughts from passing food at the table to the most complex concepts like the theory of relativity. Words have power to change a life.
With words George Washington commanded his troops in harsh conditions and motivated them to fight the British against all odds in order to establish this nation. With words Susanna Wesley disciplined and raised her children to be some of the most influential men in church history. With words God created, and Jesus the incarnate Son of God, drove out the demons, healed the sick, and raised the dead.
We must use our words to encourage others and lift them up. Our words must be used to proclaim the living Christ to those God places in our lives. Use your words carefully, wisely, and use them as a tool of power to represent the loving God who has called you to live for his glorious purpose.
Question: How can you use your words to encourage someone today?
Challenge: Make it a goal to put away your phone for an hour and have a conversation with someone today.
Prayer: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Tim Cho, Chapel Leader -- Washington Nationals