Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for the West Side Church. Please feel free to follow along.
I remember the morning well. It was November 1, 2003 and I was a freshman in college. A group of us were going from Mid-Atlantic Christian University to Roanoke Christian Service Camp to spend the day helping the camp. Several of us rode down to the camp with our class sponsor and professor Dr. Bob. Before we got started on our journey that morning we did what many Christian groups do before traveling, we prayed. Dr. Bob had the privilege to talk to God on our behalf and while he was praying he said something that really made an impact on my life. Now I do not remember the words exactly but what he said was close to this … “Lord today we ask that you be the guider of our words, and that our words praise you.” Man that changed my whole outlook on how we interact with each other.
Today’s reading (1 Peter 4) reminded me of that life changing day (By the way, I do not remember the date of the day because of that event; I just remember going there on my mom’s birthday which happens to be Nov. 1st.). Peter writes … “If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.”
So my question to you is, when you speak do you speak as if you are speaking the words of God? Is your language filled with words God would never use? Is your vocabulary one that changes depending on the group you are with? What about the way you serve? Do you grumble and complain your do you tap into the strength God gives you? You see, according to Peter, we do this so that we can praise God through Jesus Christ. Looking at the way we speak, looking at the way we serve, and seeing that it is a tool we praise God through, may just change the way you live your life. I know that day Dr. Bob helped shape my life.