Think back to this past week… month! What have been the subjects of discussion? What things did we talk about the most? Do we dwell on what might be, or what bad things could be ahead? Are we talking about our country, our job, the past, our spouse, our children, etc? Have we shared our faith in the Savior Jesus Christ?
What we say, reveals what is in our heart. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34 “…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” In this passage (Matthew 12:22-37) Jesus had been accused by the pharisees of being under Satan’s power when He cast out a devil. They were trying to discredit Him. When Jesus knew this, He responded with “Every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” All that Jesus did and said was to bring glory to the Father, so if he was of Satan, why would he cast out himself?
We can’t hide the truth! The pharisees could accuse Jesus, and say what they wanted, but the reality was, he had always taught the kingdom of God! He had only produced good fruit! Jesus was about the Father’s business, proclaiming the gospel, teaching in their synagogues and healing all manner of sickness and disease among the people. We may not be able to keep others from telling and believing lies, but we can be sure of what they hear from us!
What are we known for? What topics dominate our conversation? Do people hear us talking about our faith, the bible, and our Father in heaven? Or do they hear negativity, anxiety, gossip, or bitterness? Jesus taught that our speech and actions reveal our true self, underlying beliefs and attitudes. What is in our heart comes out in our speech and behavior. Proverbs 4:23 tells us to “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” If our heart is not right, then neither will be our speech or actions!
If your conversation is not uplifting others, complementing your family and friends, or pointing people to Jesus Christ, then one has to ask… Does your heart need cleaning? Does it function in the newness of Christ? You can’t solve a heart problem by attempting to clean up your speech. David prayed “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) You must allow the Holy Spirit to ﬁll you with a new attitude then your speech will be cleaned at its source!
If you truly want to know the condition of your heart, just begin to listen to what you say. If things burden you, it will come out in conversation. The same will happen with things that bring you joy. What do you pray for/about? Is your prayer closet a place you look to with hope and joy, or a place to crawl when there’s no where else to turn?
Let me challenge you to take note of your conversation over the next few days. How often do you mention Christ? It may seem a silly thing (because after all, we know what we’re thinking, right?) But the purpose is to ﬁnd out what others hear. Do we speak of the goodness of God? Do we testify of His greatness and sovereignty? Do others know what we believe? Do we speak kindly of our spouse, family, job and church? We should.
So again, let me ask… What did you say?
Rev. Cathleen N. Catchcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg. This is the sermon she delivered this past Sunday.