Have you had the feeling of knowing that God was speaking through you? Like words coming out of your mouth, etc.? To me this can illustrate an interesting idea. When something like that happens, we become God’s ‘speaker.’ You know, the device in our world that puts out sound. In Him speaking through us, we become God’s ‘speaker.’* One of us speaks loud enough, but say we apply that to TFC. We are all speakers, but we seem to be cut down on our volume because we aren’t reaching the town or area much at all. If only we were amplified, so God’s voice was booming out of the college…not only through our words but our actions! I could go much more into this illustration, but I don’t want to edge on the border of overuse. It then would become belittled into another corny Christian catchphrase. Maybe that’s ok, but the main thing is that it inspires people to action. Instead of sitting idle or grumbling through our student ministries (for those that don’t know, they are required by the school and ARE a good thing…but much more complicated), either look past it and/both go out into the city of Toccoa and do something, anything for the cause of God. Bake some cookies and give them out with a track, wash cars for free in the parking lot, make ourselves servants of Toccoa and show them the love of Christ. How can they ‘hear’ God’s word unless we are out there doing something about it? We seem to not be doing a good job of it, because some people in the town haven’t even heard of the school, or when they do they get a bad taste in their mouth. We live in the ‘TFC bubble,’ and that extends far beyond the typical meaning of a sheltered all-Christian universe…where when you go home you realize how nice and easy you had it with all of your godly friends, etc. Where it extends to, again is where it doesn’t. Outside the gates of the college, you can barely hear but a few dim voices reaching out in Jesus’ name. I know not everyone is meant to ‘preach,’ to say otherwise would be not be biblical. Everyone has their own set of gifts, and my point is that they aren’t being used beyond the college gates but in small doses. We are learning so much at the college, but where does it get us if we don’t put into practice what we learned and are learning? The same principle applies to Scripture – we can learn all we want, but it doesn’t do anyone else much good if we don’t use it and put it into action. This same principle can be applied to our churches and any other body of Christians who are failing to reach out to those around them. I chose the college because it serves as a good example for me and those around me currently. With all of the Christians we have at TFC, and the way God is beginning to move on our campus, I know that we are getting set up for exploding with the Spirit into the community. We just have to open our mouths and let His words flow out.
*A.K.A a prophet. Not in the traditional future-predictor sense, but in the ‘mouth-piece of God’ sense. A prophet in short is one who speaks the words of God (one can fill in a more comprehensive definition if one so desires).
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that [a]God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
a. James 2:19 One early ms reads there is one God
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:4-6