What does my church sign say?
We have all read those church signs that make us roll our eyes or laugh aloud…usually cheesy, sometimes offensive.
For example, “Mosquitoes also know there is power in the blood.” So, what is this sign really saying?
“Heaven is not a trick and Hell is not a treat.” Must have been the Halloween version.
”Do you know what hell is? Come hear our preacher.” Well, ok. LOL! I wonder if the preacher approved that sign?
This one, oh me. “Whoever stole our AC units, keep one. It is hot where you are going.”
Is that the message Jesus would have posted?
I am sure you can add your own to the list. Many times, there is a nugget of truth to them. Unfortunately, that nugget is usually overshadowed by the message. I have said sarcastically, more than once, “Well, that will certainly make people flock to church or seek Jesus.” Can I get an Amen?
Like those churches, we walk around with “signs” every. single. day. As a believer, I have to ask myself, “What does my church sign say?” as I encounter others along the way.
Am I the reason someone else sees the goodness of God?
Am I the reason someone wants to know about my faith, my relationship with Jesus?
Do others see me as joyful, grateful and trusting…or as angry, discontent, complaining and worried?
Do I show love, grace and forgiveness…or hatred, condemnation, and bitterness?
Do my words build up or tear down?
Scripture is clear.
We should be slow to speak (James 1:19), setting a guard over our mouths (Psalm 141:3).
And, when we do speak…
Proverbs 15:28 says, “The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking” choosing our words carefully before displaying for all to see.
Our words are to be an encouragement to others. Building up hope…
Our words are to be wise, filled with kindness. (Proverbs 31:26)
Our words are to be wholesome. Saying only what helps another, as if each word is a gift. (Ephesians 4:29)
Here's the challenge today. Think first. Consider carefully. Choose wisely. Make our words - our signs - a gift of encouragement, hope and kindness to the world.
Will you take the challenge with me?