Newsletter: February 24, 2016

Dear Church Family,

Our love for Christ compels us to study His Word in order that we might know Him and live in light of our understanding of who He is. Our love for Christ drives us to our knees in prayer as we humbly communicate our dependence upon God in absolutely everything, laying our hearts bare before Him. Our love for Christ overflows in singing as we remind ourselves and one another of the beauty of who God is and what He has done for His people. Another way our love for Christ is revealed is through talking about Him. We could call this testifying or witnessing, but at the ground level, both of those terms are really just talking about God.

If you were around someone who only talked about SEC football, aside from thinking about his excellent choice in conferences, what would you assume? That man loves football. If you spend time with a teenager who is “in love,” you’ll find someone who only wants to talk about her significant other. If you see a beautiful sunset or see a great movie or eat a great steak, your natural response is to talk about it.

Now, I know this is more obvious in some people than others, but in one sense this is how God created us. We talk about what we love. We talk about what we enjoy. We talk about what is important to us. It may take longer with different people, but if you listen to someone talk long enough or frequently enough, you will be able to get a pretty good idea of who or what they love and enjoy. In the same way God-honoring singing happens out of the overflow of a love for God, talking about Him drops the music and puts your own lyrics to life.

If someone recorded all of your conversations through any given week, would it be easy for them to come to the conclusion that you love God? Do the people living with you or your closest friends know that He is important to you—not just because you say He is, but because the proof is threaded through the words that come out of your mouth? Does the way in which you talk about Jesus demonstrate that He is your chief delight and joy?

To be sure, talking a lot about God does not necessarily mean you love Him, but there is no one who loves Him that does not talk a lot about Him. I am not suggesting a word count or that every day looks the same. I am suggesting that we should consider our words or lack thereof and contemplate whether or not they display a love for Jesus. If Jesus is in our hearts, He will come out of our lips. If He isn’t on our lips, we need to test ourselves to see if He is in our hearts.

Relationships thrive on communication. There are a million good things we can and should talk about, but we entrust our relationships to God when we talk about the best thing in the universe. You should talk about what He is teaching you, your personal Bible reading, what I teach or preach, about how God’s Word applies to any area at hand, about areas in your life in which God is leading you to change, and on and on and on. If we are consistently and naturally talking to other believers about God, evangelism won’t be so strange and foreign to us. Instead, it will become how we already talk with Christians—except with unbelievers and a simple emphasis on the Gospel. Ask God for help in discerning whether or not your words reveal a love for Him. Ask your brothers and sisters in Christ if they learn of your love for God through your words. Let’s get talking about Him because we have so much to say. Matthew 12:33-37

Gentry