Tori and I were talking today at our go-to date spot, Applebees, and we started talking about a few different types of people, categorizing them by their average conversations, or what you expect to hear when approaching them for conversation. We laughed at the predictability of conversations we've had, but the people we really admired were people that we knew, if given an opportunity, would talk about Jesus.
There are some people that you know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if you get into a conversation with them, you know you'll be talking about the things that God is doing. They're the type of people that put pressure on you to be more Christ-like with phrases like, "What's God doing in Your life?" a question for which they have a ready answer.
I want so badly to be someone like this. I know David was this kind of person. He said "I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips."
What the world has taught Christians to do is internally police itself against these type of characters by telling you that talking about God isn't as interesting or as inviting or as cool as talking about cars, movies, sports or music. We've invented phrases like "Jesus juke" to shun people that bring God into everyday conversation. We've gone so far trying to be relevant that we're stopped talking about God because we might accidentally slip into our Christian-ese accent.
Godly speech will always be relevant. Praise and honor will always be relevant.
Proverbs says, "From the fruit of a man's mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits."
What people say satisfies them. You can hunger for a certain type of speech coming out of your mouth. The sweet-tongued gossip craving another juicy morsel. The complainer craving the tart taste of negativity. The addictive proporties causing them to forget about real sustenance. Try letting the fruit of the spirit flow from your mouth. Talk with love and joy. Respond with patience and peace. You'll find that your appetite for junk-food conversation wanes, while your deep hunger for kingdom commentary will keep life echoing from your tongue.
So my question for you is,