“But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
The fruit of a man is what they say in idle talk. You often find what a person is like in the conversations you have with them in relaxed settings. It is always easy to say the right things with a prepared speech or sermon, but the idle words you say in the relaxed times is what is in your heart.
My father-in-law, Dr. Steve Heidenreich, is known for being a missionary. I have been around many people who claim to have a heart for missions, but I have never found one person who has the heart for missions like Bro. Heidenreich. One of the things that has been very evident to me throughout the years I have known him is that missions is not a good way just to raise money, but missions is his heartbeat and life. When we get to spend time in relaxed settings, it never fails that missions becomes a part of the conversation because it is his heart. The fruit of Bro. Heidenreich has been revealed to me in our private conversations because missions is not just a way for him to raise money, but it is his heartbeat.
The verse above says, “…every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof…” God didn’t say every word spoken in public, but the idle words that come from your mouth is the evidence people use to judge you. You can always say that you didn’t really mean what you said, but your idle talk reveals what is truly in your heart. Anyone can say the right things in front of others with prepared words, but what you talk about in the private and relaxed settings says more about you than what you say in public.
My friend, people are going to judge you, not by what you say in public, but by what you say in your idle talk. If you are who you say you are, what you say in private will validate who you claim to be in public. If your idle conversations are about criticizing others, you are nothing more than a critic. If your idle conversations are more about worldly possessions and money, you are a worldly believer. If your idle talk is filled with off-color jokes and worldly talk, your mind is nothing more than a garbage pit filled with worldly thoughts and words. Whether or not you like it, people make their summation of you by what you say during your idle conversations with them.
Moreover, every word you say will be held against you. The verse above says, “…every idle word…” You will notice God did not say, “words,” but He said, “word.” You cannot say things privately and think that people will forget about it. You cannot be flippant about what you say and think that others will just forget those idle words that say more about you than your prepared words. Once a word comes from your mouth, you have just indicted yourself with that word.
My friend, let me caution you to be more careful about every word that you say. Always remember that the idle talk is what people judge you by more than the prepared words you speak. If you want people to think of you as a Christian, you had better be sure that the words you speak in idle times resemble the heart of a Christian. Let me ask you a sobering question; if you were indicted by the idle conversations during the last month, could you be charged with being a Christian? The greatest challenge you will face in life is to make your idle talk match your prepared words, and the way you will do that is by being a real Christian all the time.