Intern Reflection: Clark Hinkson

James 1:19-27

How does what we say reveal what’s in our minds and hearts? Who are the people in our community and society that are powerless, without a voice, that need extra compassion?

What we say directly correlates with what is inside of us, most of the time. We, as humans, express what we think with our mind and feel in our heart. It’s just a fact of our status as humans: we are not good at concealing our intentions or inner being. If our hearts are darkened and filthy, we speak foully, angrily, and disgracefully. However, this truth cannot only be expressed in a negative sense; through salvation, God can use this for His glory. If we have accepted Christ as our Savior and received the Holy Spirit, then God immediately starts purifying and cleaning our hearts, making them light and joyful. By the power of the Holy Spirit, this new heart condition will fill our speech with love and life that we can speak into other people’s lives.

If we have this new kind of heart and speech, we can use them to speak to and for those in our community that need a breath of fresh air from the rest of our fallen world. In the Journey Church community, what I have seen is the immense number of refugees and international persons that do not have a voice because they cannot speak our language. The language barrier is frustrating, but different languages did not stop the Holy Spirit from speaking at Pentecost, and God-willing, it will not stop us now from speaking life into this community.

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
— Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)