10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation (Romans 10).
So, righteousness is the same as salvation — that’s the easy part. But what about the heart and the mouth? How are they the same? I immediately think of Peter and John. When they were warned “to speak no longer to any man” about Jesus, their response was: “19 Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20 for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18-20).
Christians are holy motormouths. Their mouths speak what their hearts have experienced. Thus, to be saved, to know salvation, is to speak of it and make it known. It is only natural for people to talk about the things that interest them. That’s just common human experience. It is no different for Christians, who cannot help but talk about the One who saved them. Indeed, our flesh pops in at times and we remain silent when we should speak, but the more we grow as Christians, the more we think about and the more we are willing to talk about the One who saved us. We just can’t help it.
Lord, make us holy motormouths This Day — especially as we gather in our churches together with other believers. Let us talk more about the things of God than the things of this world. Amen.