Have you ever been with a group of Christians and noticed how little Jesus came up in the conversation? I sat one time in a Baptist church before the service and noticed the (loud) conversation all around me. The poor organist who had prepared a meditative prelude was forced to ratchet up the sound levels to compete with the cacophony in the sanctuary.
A Mary Kay representative was telling of the new shades of color for lipstick. Someone was talking about the Administration’s mishandling of some issue. One guy was really excited about the new Arturo Sandoval CD. Not only was there no reverence for the Lord in a worship setting, there was no discussion of the Lord, period. Social settings are often little different. Everything, but everything, gets talked about but the Lord very rarely figures in the conversation. How strange. It wasn’t always this way among believers.
Adrian Warnock quotes the following on his blog:
“Packer says that the Puritans differ from evangelicals today because with them ‘. . . communion with God was a great thing; to evangelicals today it is a comparatively small thing. The Puritans were concerned about communion with God in a way that we are not. The measure of our unconcern is the little that we say about it. When Christians meet, they talk to each other about their Christian work and Christian interests, their Christian acquaintances, the state of the churches, and the problems of theology—but rarely of their daily experience of God.'”
Christ will only make His way into our daily conversation when He is a living part of our lives. We talk about what we love. The Lord knows the content of our hearts and our conversations. What does He hear us talk about? It’s something to think about.
One of my favorite passages in all the Bible is found in Malachi 3:16-18.
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.