“What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” Those are the infamous words uttered by Paul Newman in the movie Cool Hand Luke. They have since become a catchphrase referring to what happens when communication breaks down between the communicator and the person being communicated to. Verse 9 says that God will purify the speech of mankind so that they will serve God together in one accord. This is the direct reversal of the scattering of the nations at the tower of Babel. Notice the purpose of the pure speech. It is to serve the Lord together.

When the Holy Spirit fell upon the disciples in the upper room, His presence was manifested by the speaking of languages so that everyone could understand. It was a preview of the coming ultimate fulfillment of Zephaniah’s prophecy. The “Bond” of the Holy Spirit in the church, is the bond that holds us together and equips, motivates, and challenges us to work together in accomplishing the mission that Christ has given us. We are all in this mission together. I like the way Paul puts it in Romans 3:8-9. He writes, “The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together.”

Gung-ho is an adjective that means enthusiastic and eager participation in a cause. It is especially used with regard to taking part in fighting and warfare. It comes from a Chinese term gonghe, which means “to work together.” It was adopted as the slogan of the US Marines in World War II. You still hear it today. It carries the connotation of unquestioning loyalty to a cause accompanied by undying devotion to the tasks at hand to accomplishing the mission. Embracing the mission that Christ has given us requires sacrifice and often suffering. We should be “Gung Ho!”

“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:3