Welcome to First Baptist Church Port Orchard, where we can Live, Learn & Love through Jesus !
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Col. 1:28 NIV
How do we know what another person values?
Isn’t it what they talk about most? People talk about their possessions, their accomplishments, who they are related to, or what they hope for. What we talk about most is what we value. Peter and John were arrested by the Jewish authorities and were “commanded not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus.” Their response was, “we cannot stop speaking what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:18 & 20) They valued their love and relationship with Jesus, so they spoke.
Could we take a moment to inventory our conversations? Would we notice the majority and priority of our speech would be politics, the pandemic, our comfort, or our fears? Has there been a shift in our devotion? Are there other interests that are stealing our focus? The Apostle Paul said that he was under compulsion to speak of the gospel. He could not stop talking about Jesus if he had to. (1 Corinthians 9:16)
Christians, let us set the priority of this life directly on Christ. Though there is so much that would cause us to be distracted and lose focus of our existence, let us come back to Christ. Jesus said, “He who has found his life shall lose it, and he who has lost his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 10:39, Italics mine)
What we say is what we value. Can we be concerned that we do not talk about Jesus enough? Speak to others. Speak to yourself. Speak to Jesus. Someone is always listening.