James Three: Shut it, Bub.

Posted: October 29, 2012 in James

The longer I serve my church as a pastor/elder, the more I realize just how much I got away with saying as a student pastor. And the more I reflect on my vocabularial license as a student pastor, the more I wonder how much I said that never should have been said in the first place. In other words, is there truly that great a difference in what I should say now as a pastor as opposed to when I was in student ministry? I don’t think so.

I think my problem, our problem, is that our standard is off. We ought not ask ourselves, “Would I say this if I were a _______?” You fill in the blank. I hear this one often too: “I can’t say this- I’m in a church.” Does our location really change the rightness of what we’re about to say?

Perhaps the best way to judge our speech is to simply ask ourselves this: Is this something that Jesus would say? It’s not about your job, it’s not about your location. It’s about whether or not we truly believe that Jesus would say and approve the words coming from our mouths.

David hit the nail on the head in Psalm 19:14, which says “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”


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