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Our Words Should Focus on the Kingdom

Speak less of this world and more of the next, hoping that His kingdom will come and His will will be done.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Romans 15:18, ” I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done. “

Background

The little ones in my house have a lot to say. So one of the silly games that I play with them is to interrupt them and cut them off as they stand there trying to make some request of me. They will begin to speak, and I will just start muttering gibberish back to them until they stop. Then they pause for a moment before they start back in again, and so does my gibberish. Gradually, the length of the pauses and the pace of the words increase, and they ingeniously try to incorporate abrupt beginnings to try to catch me off guard. But they never do. And by the time this little game reaches its conclusion, my child and I are smiling and staring at each other with open mouths, each trying to get the first word in and clam up the other. Silence, like so many other things, can be good or bad. And the same silence can be viewed differently depending on one’s point of view. The silence that I was playfully pursuing with my kids was not as desirable to them as it was to me. But if they had willfully been silent and not filled our home with their chatter, then what I would have perceived would be a void rather than some form of peace.

Application

Unfortunately, there is a much easier way to introduce silence into so many of our homes and lives, isn’t there? All we need do is require that nothing be spoken of except that which Christ has accomplished through us in leading the lost to Him. If we’re looking to quiet a room, then let no one dare speak unless they are bragging on the magnificent works that Christ has done. It’s sad, isn’t it? But too true for many of us. We’re not seeing the redeeming work of our Lord being shown forth through our lives, and still we continue to speak. There’s a lot of air time to fill, but we don’t have much in the way of spiritual glories to rave about, so we fill it with mutterings and gibberish. I’d like to have less to say so that I could have more to talk about. But that requires making myself available to the Master. Perhaps your speech patterns could use some tweaking as well.

Charge

As we seek Him today, speak less of this world and more of the next, hoping that His kingdom will come and His will will be done.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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