Please, stop talking

1 Peter 4:11  If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen. 

Have you ever met a person who loves to talk?  Now I don’t mean the average person who likes a good conversation.  I am speaking of the person who seems to love the sound of their own voice.  Their conversations consist of them talking and you listening.  Now maybe you are thinking, “That’s weird, I don’t know anybody like that.  In fact, most people I talk to don’t say much.”  If that’s the case, you may be that person!  Shut it down, friend.  Shut it down.

Before we start talking, we need to evaluate what’s coming out of our mouths.  Before we start doing, we need to look at why we are doing it.  Peter tells us that the words coming out of our mouth should be God’s words.  He says that our service, our doing, should be from the strength God provides.  You see, when we blab our lips with our own thoughts, we just get worn out.  When we serve without Him, we grow weary.  But when He is the drive behind what we do, we find endurance and strength.  In turn, we give life to others and glory to Him.

That’s the kind of life we are called to live, a life that glorifies the Lord with our words and our actions.  So I am asking you today: please, stop talking.  And stop doing, too.  Get His heart, His words, and His strength.  Once you have that, you can talk all you want.  You can serve with the right heart and not get burned out.  We ought to be bringing glory to Christ Jesus in our words and our actions so that others may find life.  Give it a try today and see what happens.  Don’t just think before you speak and do – set your heart on speaking His words and extending His hands to the world around you.