Midweek Wake-Up, May 31, 2017
I am ashamed to say that I did the very thing I said I would try not to do. On Sunday I spoke out of James 3 about the importance of our words, and that we should all be careful with the words we use. We should take a good, hard, and honest look at the words we use to make sure they are lining up with our faith. Then as I was driving home from church I used some words in response to another driver that do not represent the belief I have in Christ. It was an awful experience. Just as the words were coming out of my mouth I almost gagged. I knew exactly what I had done. I was fully aware of my hypocrisy in that moment. I hope you are reminded that we all stumble, even pastors.
Fortunately for us all, believing in Jesus makes up for all of our shortcomings. I am reminded that my relationship with Christ is the most important thing. There is no possible way that I can begin to deal with my words unless I am first connected to Christ. How thankful I am that we have such a gracious Savior!!!
That being said, I know that if I ask Him, Jesus will help me to deal with my use of words. All of us need to be reminded that if we have Jesus on our side, we are able to begin to deal with our actions because Jesus helps us with that. So I challenge you to take a good hard look at the words that you use this week. Do those words represent your relationship with Jesus? If not they need to change. Pray that Jesus would help you change. Ask someone to keep you accountable in order to help you change.
I leave you with Eugene Peterson’s translation of Paul’s words in Romans 12:
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.