Friday, December 19, 2014

An Idle Tongue

"For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body." -James 3:2

     Modern day technology is one of the best and worst things that has ever happened for Christians. It's the best because it makes it easy to spread the Word, encourage others, and get closer to those we love and help encourage them in their walk towards. Unfortunately it also makes gossip spread more quickly, makes it easier to talk bad towards others, and about them, and can be a discouragement. It really depends on how you use it. 

     We are told to spread the gospel countless times throughout the Bible in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Romans 10, Matthew 9, and so, so many other places. Not only does evangelism help others reach heaven, but it keeps us from growing idle. I'm sure all or at least most of you have heard the saying, "Idle hands are the devil's playground". The same thing goes for the tongue. If you are not busy telling someone about God, then what are you busy telling them about? It's important that whatever we say is for a good reason. I'm not saying that everything we have to say is about the Bible, specifically. It's important to create relationships with those around us, to be encouragements to others, and lighten their load at least a little bit. But if we are not doing one of those things, what are we doing? 

     When we are not doing good in the world, it's easy to do bad. Yes it's important to take breaks, but it's more important that we make sure we don't fall into the habit of being idle. It's important that we don't fall into the habit of speaking to and about others as if they are nothing. It's sad whenever I see someone who talks poorly about their friend, or family member. When we talk poorly about someone, we influence others around us. We tell our friends and our family that it's okay to talk about others that way, we tell ourselves that we are better than them, and we tell the world that Christians think that they're better than everyone else. Matthew 23:12 says "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted." When we speak of others as if they are below us, we are exalting ourselves, but when we only ever speak of others as if they are wonderful, and always see the good in people, we are going to be held up to a higher standard (as long as you're not just talking well about others in order to seem like a better person).

     Today I would like to encourage you to find something to do in order to aid the kingdom and keep your hands and tongue from growing idle. Decide to be an encouragement, an evangelist, anything to help others toward heaven, and not towards hell.