A few weeks ago, none of us knew the term “social distancing” even existed. Then, we collectively scrambled as a society to figure out what it meant and how to practice it effectively. Now, we are looking at practicing it for a prolonged period of time. Nowhere has social distancing been more keenly felt than in our churches and ministries.
Personally, I arrived on the mission field for my first term of service two months ago. My family and I were just beginning to get involved in our fledgling church planting and crisis pregnancy ministries here when everything shut down. I don’t know the women in our ministries very well, and they certainly don’t know me. At times I have struggled with what my ministry is, or even can be, right now. But God has reminded me during this time that words matter. And words are one thing that you and I can share while being socially distant through the use of technology and the written word.
And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words. Acts 15:32
Words are powerful, and we must use them carefully.
The last few weeks, words have been flying around social media and the internet with great intensity. Words are powerful, and we must use them carefully. Judas and Silas knew this, and they used their words to encourage and strengthen the Body of Christ in their sphere of influence. We can, and should, do the same. I encourage us as ministry leaders to be very careful with what we share, and keep Philippians 4:8 ever present in our minds: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (ESV). These are the strong words that those God has placed under our care need to hear at this time.
Someday, Lord willing soon, we will look back on these days. What will we see? What will the words that we leave behind on our social media platforms and other written communications say about our hearts and minds during this time? More importantly, what are we communicating to those in our ministry circles right now? May God give us wisdom to impart His truth in a way that brings honor and glory to Him!
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