3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want to utilize a small bit in its mouth. 4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.
But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. James 3
Last night I went to a “Heart Check” event at the church. I wasn’t super excited about sitting in for yet another message about something that I’ve heard before, but because of the relationship, I attended. I was so blessed to find myself completely engaged for teaching and among the many gems I was reminded that every volunteer across the entire church plays a role in people’s salvation. Of course, this isn’t a new truth, but it was powerful and magnified sitting with people from many different ministries with many different gifts. This is relevant to this scripture because one of the main truths I left with was that, we, as leaders, must consistently tell people how valuable they are to God’s plan in serving others. I must use my tongue to start a wildfire of good and value by constantly reminding them that their service matters. This is a small rudder on a large ship that keeps it on course.
I must use my tongue for good. I need to control what I say at all times because the tongue is powerful and battles will be won or lost based on what I say. I can use my tongue to destroy or encourage; to set fire or cultivate growth. This is a simple, basic leadership lesson, but it must not be neglected or forgotten. I am so thankful that I listened to that still, small voice that said to go to the heart check event last night because the fruit of it was invaluable.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Please help me to use my influence wisely. I want to encourage others to serve with joy and remind them of the valuable service they bring to You.
In Jesus name,