THE MEANEST MEMBER IN CHURCH
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”
If you’re wondering who it is, I want you to look at the text: The tongue is the meanest member in our church. The tongue is a fire and a world of iniquity. And, I want us to think about the tongue, the subject that is in everybody’s mouth. And, so it refers to you and to me. So, I want you to listen very carefully.
First of all, he says the tongue is like a bit in a horse’s mouth. Look in verse 3. He says, “Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body” (James 3:3). Can you imagine? Here’s a little lady riding a great stallion, a powerful horse, and with just that little piece of metal in his mouth, she makes him go this way or that way. She makes him start, and she makes him stop. Just a little piece of metal controls the whole horse. And, what is James saying? James is saying a word—just a small word, just a bit of a word—can control sometimes the outcome of your life. Oh, if we could only understand sometimes the power of just one sentence, just a bit of speech. But, not only does James say that the tongue is like a bit in a horse’s mouth. He also says that the tongue is like a rudder on a mighty ship. Just a little rudder can change a mighty ship, can change the direction of something so large. And, what James is saying, your speech is this way. Speech is such a powerful thing. Think of the power of the tongue, the tongue is like the rudder of a ship. It can bring that ship into safe harbor or it can can bring the ship upon the rocks of disaster and destruction. It has been estimated the average person will speak 30,000 words in a day. And evidence suggest most people’s speech is used for destroying rather than edifying. Think about where that little 3 inch muscle attached to the back of your mouth is taking you! Life and death is truly in the power of the tongue. So be sure to be vigilant of the meanest member in your body and bridle your tongue 👅!