This one is different than those in elementary school. Is it possible for a vocabulary test to connect to the Second Commandment? Loving our neighbor as ourselves is a consuming command. Acts of kindness and compassion are examples of loving a neighbor. Generous giving to meet a neighbor’s genuine need is an act of love. Jesus said if we visit the imprisoned, feed the hungry, and clothe the naked it’s the same as doing it to Him. They are all acts of love. But they are tangible. What about something intangible?
Words are intangible. Words make up vocabulary. Vocabulary needs to be consistent with the 2 Greatest Commandments. The New Testament book of James has a great deal to say about our tongues, i.e., our words or vocabulary. Colossians 4:6 give a positive instruction, Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. What is salt? It’s a preservative. Speech should preserve character, reputation, and dignity. Ephesians 4:29 sets the idea as a negative, Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Let’s just apply this idea of loving with words inside the church. Few of us have been physically assaulted in church hallways. How about the verbal kind? This could go further, but it’s enough to set up the vocabulary test. It’s a self-test, it’s ‘open book,’ and it’s self-graded. No report cards! Sounds easy, right?
So Balaam said to Balak, Behold, I have come now to you! Am I able to speak anything at all? The word that God puts in my mouth, that I shall speak, Numbers 22:38.
Now, here’s the real deal. If that verse challenges very much of our speech, is it any wonder the world we are commanded to reach isn’t listening? Our words are part of loving the family of God and the lost world. Make sure the words are fit. Make them salt!
Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!