Words I Speak
22 December 2017
Reading: John 12-14
Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act. (John 14:10 MSG)
Jesus always took his words seriously and chose them carefully, but never more so than in these moments. These were Jesus’ final words to his closest friends in the hours before his arrest, suffering, death. These words were carefully chosen and weighted with purpose.
Today I thought about what Jesus said about the words he speaks. He said that he doesn’t just make them up on his own. He said that his intimate relationship with God, the Creator of the Universe, helps him craft each word into an act of God!
I’m not teaching doctrine here, I’m writing a personal devotional journal. When I teach or counsel or pray, I don’t want what I say to be mere words. I don’t want to just make stuff up. I want the Spirit of the Father, who resides in me, to craft each word into an act of God. I know that sounds kind of mystical, but why not?
Here’s how Jesus’ words resonate with me today:
• When I teach, I want my words to be God-words that have been crafted by my labor and God’s inspiration, words that will change people’s lives for the better.
• When I pray, I want my words to express the noblest and best desires of my heart and the highest intentions and purposes of God for my life and others’ lives.
• When in conversation with others, I want my words to flow from a caring heart and a thoughtful mind and to bless, always bless, never harm.
How about your words? Are they God-crafted words of truth, blessing, and grace?
Father, May it be so. May it be that every time I teach, pray, or speak to my friends, your children, your people, my words will be crafted by our cooperative effort into divine acts. Please.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 KJV)