Our theme for this month: “Changing the tone of the conversation”
Our Bible verse for today: “I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.’ I was speechless and quiet; I kept silent, even from speaking good, and my pain intensified. My heart grew hot within me; as I mused a fire burned. I spoke with my tongue: ‘Lord, make me aware of my end and the number of my days so that I will know how short-lived I am. In fact, you have made my life just inches long, and my life span is as nothing to you. Yes, every human being stands only as a vapor.” Psalm 39:1-5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “The time is short. We must speak up.”
C.T. Studd was a famous professional athlete in England in the late 1880s and early 1900s. He played the game of Cricket and he was one of the best players in the nation. Studd was also a committed Christian who used his celebrity status as a platform to speak for Christ. Eventually he left professional sports to commit his full time to preaching, teaching, and missionary work.
Although in his day C.T. Studd was a well-known athlete, today he is famous for one of the more memorable lines he ever wrote: “Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.” He meant that in the most literal. He decided that his own time on earth was too precious to be spent in ways that ultimately wouldn’t matter. Life is short. We all have a limited amount of time to speak words that truly matter, and others have a limited amount of time to hear them. It’s during this lifetime that people must make their decision for Christ, and this life is short.
In Psalm 39:1-5 we read that for some reason King David came to a point that he decided to stop talking. Verse 1 seems to suggest he was tempted to speak in a sharp or unkind way. Or maybe he was frustrated that nobody was listening to him anyway. In any event, he resolved to say nothing. But soon he found that the message was burning a hole in his heart. Keeping it bottled up inside was becoming painful and it was getting to the point that he could hardly keep his mouth shut. He just had to let it out.
That’s the way it should be for all of us when it comes to speaking Biblical truth. Staying silent and keeping the message bottled up inside should become impossible. It should be like a volcanic eruption building up pressure until it can finally no longer be contained.
As we’ve been learning over these last six weeks, how we communicate the message matters – we need to be kind and respectful. But it’s also true that we need to speak up. Time is short and people will never hear Biblical truth if we don’t tell them. So we must speak whether they want to hear it or not, and whether they seem to be listening or not.