We are always communicating a message. Your body movements and words are billboards to people. What you say, how you say things, what you wear, any type of action is sending a message. The question is, what are you selling? What are you presenting to the world? The blessing is that you get to choose what that something is. Is it good character or bad values? The Bible says, “A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him,” (Pro12:14). What we say and do has influence on others, ourselves, situations, and God. It’s not always easy to uphold but tricky, because communication can be intentional and unintentional and we unintentional send many nonverbal messages daily. You might not be aware of your sour expression, impatient shifting or sigh of boredom but others notice them nonetheless. Bottom line, all behavior has communicative value. Whatever you do, whether it’s speaking or remaining silent, confront or avoid, show emotion or keep a poker face, you provide information to others about your thoughts and feelings. You can say we are like “24/7 transmitters that can’t be shut off.” We need to be communicative competent and be conscience of what we are broadcasting to our personal world. The more aware of our billboard life, the more we can effectively share God’s love to others and not be a stumbling block.
I’ve heard it said, “Church is not a museum of saints, but a hospital of sinners.” Church is an AA meeting for sinners and is a place a sinner should feel most safe. We all have the addiction of sin and so we come together to get stronger, heal, encourage and learn from each other. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another…” It’s our commitment and attendance to other Christians that brings us into restoration, spiritual maturity and where vulnerability is made strong. Church is the place where God can speak to you, people talk to you, and your gifts given. Brothers and sisters can uplift you when you are down, encourage you when you need it, accompany you when you are alone, and most of all, comfort you when you are hurting. The church doesn’t make the people, the people make the church, embodying the physical presence of God and this means we are God’s feet, hands, heart, head, mind, and eyes. This is a way God is made visible to the broken world and the church is a forgiven sinful community of the many facets of God’s good heavenly character.
Every time Jesus did an incredible thing, He would say something to the people nearby. He raised a little girl from the dead, and what did He say? “Tell no one.” He met a guy with leprosy and healed him, and said, “Tell no one.” He healed two guys who were blind, and He gave them one admonition before moving on: “Say nothing to anyone.” In a world driven by self-promotion and spin, Jesus modeled something different for us.
Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again”; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” – G.K. Chesterton