Colossians 3:17 is one of my favorite verses, “Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him.” Some people speak but don’t act. Some act but don’t speak. Some speak and act but not in the name of Jesus.
When I was a pre-teen I had trouble thinking before speaking. I suppose it’s normal at that age, but still not a great habit. When I was 13, I read James 3 about the power of the tongue and the discipline of bridling it. I began to shut up and listen and think before I spoke. Despite coming a long way, it’s a discipline I am still learning. Now, I not only think before I speak but I also think before I act. A lot. Almost to the point of paralysis when it comes to the pursuit of justice, perfection and right action. Our words and actions can cause much damage. They can also give life, hope and unconditional love.
I love that ServLife is not about speaking OR acting, but rather preaching the good news of Jesus AND showing the love of Jesus through action. Everything we do together in India and Nepal is holistically showing love in the name of Jesus. Your actions and support in the name of Jesus is having a wide impact around the world, and we give thanks to God for you. You have given preachers a voice in remote villages. You have empowered child caretakers to rescue orphans. You have helped those without hope to build a business and a life for themselves through micro-finance. Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is for the work of Jesus.
May we be disciplined with our tongue, thoughtful in our action, and generous with our lives. In everything we do, may it give glory to God and fuel gratitude to the Father of us all.