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5 Benefits and Ways of Speaking Christ Daily

The living God is a speaking God and He wants us to be His speaking people,  those speaking Christ, His beloved Son, in our daily life.

Speaking Christ is the outflow that brings fresh inflow.

But sadly, many believers don’t enter into the practice of speaking Christ in their daily life. This lack of speaking often leaves us empty and joyless.

So in this post I’ll present some benefits of speaking Christ and provide some ways that you can practice in your daily life.

Here are five benefits of speaking Christ in your daily life

1. Speaking Christ as your Savior saves you much trouble.

Do you want to be saved from the world’s entanglement?  Speak Christ.

From the first day that we believe in the Lord Jesus, we need to confess His name, not only before God, but also before our fellow men (Matt. 10:32).

We need to speak by way of our testimony that Jesus is our Savior and Lord–the sooner the better.  We can simply say, “I’ve received Christ,  or Christ lives in me, or I love the Lord Jesus!”

Consider the example of the Samaritan woman in John 4. Although she’d had five husbands and was living with another man, the Lord led her to confess that and to believe that He was the Christ. In this way she drank the living water.

Satisfied by the water of life, she immediately went into the city and said to the people,

“Come see a man who told me all that I have done. Is this not the Christ? (v. 29)

She immediately spoke Christ to the people of her city. She could only testify of her experience and proclaim that Jesus was the Christ. It should be the same with us.

In Confession with the Mouth Watchman Nee said,

 “Every new believer must look for opportunities to confess the Lord (p. 56)….Put the signboard out from the very first day and confess that you’re a believer” (p. 57).

Speaking Christ in such a way saves us from much trouble. That is, if from the beginning of our Christian life, we testify that Jesus is our Lord, our acquaintances will realize that we are now the Lord’s and will stop asking us to do sinful or worldly things.

 2. Speaking Christ as the gospel saves those who hear and separates you from the world’s defilement.

Do you want to save perishing people and be separated from the defiling age?  Speak Christ.

Romans 10:14-15 say,

“How then shall they call upon Him into whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe into Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without one who proclaims Him?…How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the news of good things [the gospel]!”  Verse 17 concludes, “So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”

Speaking Christ as the word of the gospel, imparts faith to people so that they can believe into Him.

At the same time, proclaiming Christ as the gospel makes our walk on this earth beautiful and clean. When our feet are shod with the gospel (Eph. 6:15), they are separated from this filthy earth and are protected from its defilement.

3. Speaking Christ is the outflow that brings you  fresh inflow.

Do you want to be a Christian who is always fresh? Speak Christ.

The Lord Jesus said in John 7:37-38,

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink…out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.”

So we need to come to Christ, to speak to Him, that is, to drink Him in. Then we need to speak Christ to others, to flow Him out.

We can compare this to a garden hose with a nozzle.  If you open it to let  water out, more will flow through. If you close the nozzle the flow will stop. Similarly, many believers’ freshness is frustrated not mainly by their lack of inflow, but by their lack of outflow. I wrote in more detail  on this point in my post, The Normal Living of a Christian—Coming and Going.

Paul even spoke of  “the grace of God  which was given to me for you” (Eph. 3:2b). May we have the same sense that the grace of God given to us is for others. We need to share the grace, our enjoyment of Christ,  with others if we want it to be continually fresh. So speak Christ daily and often. It’s really good to pray,

“Lord Jesus, lead me to someone that I can flow You out to today.”

4. Speaking Christ with His Word to other believers enables the Word to dwell in you richly.

Do you want to have a rich store of the Lord’s living Word? Speak Christ with the Word.

Colossians 3:16 says,

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.”

 This “one-another-speaking” of Christ in mutuality is greatly needed among God’s children today. It’s a crucial part of our spiritual digestion enabling us to assimilate the riches from God’s word into our spiritual constitution.

 5. Speaking Christ in Christian gatherings builds up the Body of Christ.

Do you want to build up Christ’s organic Body, the church? Speak Christ.

1 Corinthians 14:26 says,

“What then brothers? Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation… Let all things be done for building up.”

But when we have built up a practice of speaking Christ in daily life as mentioned in points 1-4, Christian gatherings won’t be a mere program or performance to us, but a living display of the riches of Christ that we have enjoyed in our daily living.

Here are five ways of speaking Christ in Your daily life:

1. Testify of your salvation.

Do it from the beginning of your Christian life and don’t stop. You can simply say, “I’ve received the Lord Jesus! I’m a believer or I love the Lord Jesus.”

2. Give away gospel tracts.

When you don’t know what to speak, tracts can speak for you or help you to get started. You can even get them and share them online.

3. Speak Christ on social media; for example: 

  • Post a short testimony or prayer, or like, or retweet another believer’s post.
  • Share and link to the Bible verse or ministry reading that touched you for the day.
  • Share “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” that inspire or encourage you. I also share the links when I can find them on Hymnal.net.
  • Share a YouTube video that has helped you; one of my favorites is the God-shaped Vacuum.
  •  If you’d like to see some of the ways I practice to speak Christ on social media, you can follow me on twitter at:  @holdingtotruth.

4. Speak Christ with a few companions.

Try finding one or two companions with the mutual interest of getting into the riches in God’s Word. When you can’t meet in person,  do it online, or over the phone. You can also text or email your enjoyment of Christ.

5. Speak Christ in Christian meetings that provide the opportunity to share your enjoyment of Christ.

If you’ve enjoyed this post on speaking Christ daily, please leave a comment with what has helped you.

References and Further Reading:

  • The first benefit was inspired by Confession with the Mouth by Watchman Nee,  #8 in his New Believers Series. Read it online here.
  • The third benefit on drinking and flowing was inspired by the Life-study of Exodus,  by Witness Lee, Message 45, “Flowing the Water of Life.” Read it online here.
  • For the fourth benefit on speaking the Word to one another I’d highly recommend getting into a book of the Bible together with the help of an opener. The best opener I’ve found is the Recovery Version with the footnotes and the Life-study Messages. Pick out a book and try it. Romans or John are a couple of my favorites.
  • You may enjoy this spiritual song: “Come Let Us Speak til the Kingdom of the Lord Comes Down.”
  • Photo credit:  jronaldlee (creative commons)

About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

11 Replies

  1. Bonnie

    Thanks for posting! I have found gospel tracts to be most helpful in that I’m sometimes not sure what to say. I’m so glad that others have labored to prepare such rich mini-messages! I can participate in the labor of the gospel by simply putting these into other’s hands! How marvelous!

    1. Tom Smith

      That’s right. We can participate in spreading the good news simply by giving out tracts in the course of our daily life. Sometimes I don’t know what to say, but I can simply give a tract or even leave a tract in a restaurant or shop. We can pray for whoever receives it to be an open vessel. I’m also excited about the possibility of giving out e-tracts–like the PDFs from Bibles for America. Thanks for the encouraging comment.

  2. Tom, both the benefits and the ways you present are practical and helpful. Sometimes we don’t speak because we think we can’t. But we need to practice. I like the quote from WN under benefit 1 – begin from the first day. In John 1:45 Philip (soon after meeting Jesus – v. 43) told Nathaniel that Jesus was the son of Joseph. Philip was wrong but he still led Nathaniel to Jesus (v. 47)!
    A couple we are often with has a daughter 19 months old. She practices speaking English every time we see her and is not concerned about her “errors” and mispronunciations. May we all become like little children in speaking the Lord.

    1. Shalom Do

      Dear brother in Christ! I really enjoy this post of yours. Recently I’ve accomplished its Vietnamese Transtion and I ‘ve posted it on my blog. I will continue with another . Thank you!
      In Him

      1. Tom Smith

        I rejoice to hear that word is going out in Vietnamese. Thanks for your fellowship so I can know how the posts are being used and pray for their spreading. I would appreciate a proper attribution to the Holding to Truth blog to avoid any possible confusion. Thanks so much.

    2. Tom Smith

      I agree. Satan hates that we would speak Christ. Surely that was why Paul charged Timothy, “Proclaim the word; be ready in season and out of season…” (2 Tim. 4:2). But sometimes we just don’t know how to get started. As Watchman Nee said, we should open our mouth on the first day that we believe. Then the door is forever open.

      I also like your example of Philip in John 1:44-51. What he spoke to his friend Nathanael was not accurate, yet it still resulted in his friend meeting Jesus. So we should never wait until we’re better prepared to start speaking. Simply begin like a baby learning to talk.

      In the process the Lord will flow through us, saving both ourselves and those who hear us or read our posts.

  3. Henry

    I’d just like to pass on another way to help spread the gospel and it’s simply this:-

    Include a link to an online gospel tract as part of your email signature.

    An email signature is a piece of customizable HTML or text that most email applications will allow you to add to all your outgoing emails. For example, it commonly contains name and contact details – but it could also (of course) contain a link to a gospel tract.

    For example, it might say something like, “p.s. you might like this gospel cartoon …” or “p.s. have you seen this?”.

    1. Tom Smith

      Henry,

      That is a very good means to share the gospel which few of us take advantage of. I’ll keep it in mind for the future. Thanks for the comment.

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