Serve AND Speak Words

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I regularly hear the phrase, “Let’s show God’s love and if necessary we’ll use words.” I’m not sure if I have especially tuned my ears to this phrase or not, but I hear it a lot these days. Most of the time those who say that think I am going to light up in agreement with them. It’s true, I light up alright, but not in the way they expect.

The norm is to share words when we serve others. It’s abnormal to keep quiet, to not open our mouths, when we connect with others when we see their hearts open in a moment of vulnerability.

One of the drawbacks to the sort of outreach I’ve unleashed (kindness outreach) is that people sometimes tend to under-verbalize the gospel message when the opportunity presents itself. I have been increasingly aware of this for the past decade or so. In on the spot training I have sought to convey this, but usually my words fall on deaf ears. People smile, nod their heads, then to out on an outreach and say precisely nothing. What’s up with that?

Granted, it’s okay to start out saying nothing while your inner fly wheel is gaining momentum. You may be a total introvert. SE / KO is taylor made for you! I’m not going to put a trip on you, but there is room for you to grow just the same. In every ministry it is normal to make progress. How you grow will be unique to you.

It doesn’t take months or years for momentum to kick into gear. If you are an utter introvert I’ll give you a bit of a pass, but maybe God won’t. I’ll leave that between you and him. You might only need to say a couple of words to plant a dynamic seed in others. Jesus often spoke two that made big impacts on his hearers like, “Come out!” or the commentary, “Jesus wept.” It’s not the length or preparation that counts. Just say what the Lords gives you.

Serve in power and speak in power.

Steve has spoken, mentored and modeled to churches and leaders around the world with the simple message that anyone – regardless of their gifting or experience – can be involved in bringing God’s loving kindness to others. His first book, Conspiracy of Kindness has been translated into several languages with more in the works. His first book has sold over 300,000 copies. Altogether his books have sold over 500,000 copies.


  1. Thank you for these thoughts / this insight. Couldn’t agree more. It’s “show AND tell” not “tell and show” or “show OR tell” 🙂 … blessings upon you brother. God spared your life those many years ago for this very day and beyond.

  2. I was bold as a new believer but have lost some. Of that fire. I miss it though because God moves so powerfully through boldnesd. My fear of man is so great. If anyone can pray for me I am appreciative.

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