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Use Your Words, in Christ’s Name

Focus on the power to create that comes from your words. Use them in Christ's name for grace and truth.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 1:14, ” And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. “

Background

Three wishes. There are many fables and tales that recount the ways of an unsuspecting peasant who receives the good fortune of being granted three wishes. One version goes this way. A woodman is about to fell a tree when a fairy begs him to spare it. Agreeing to the request of the sprite, the man is granted three wishes for his kindness. When he finishes his day in the woods, he takes the journey home and arrives exhausted and famished. Owing to his hunger and his general state of poverty, he wishes for a nice link of black pudding. Well, no sooner had he said the word that a wonderful serving of pudding appeared before him. Amazed, the poor man then remembered his encounter in the forest and explained to his wife what had occurred. But she, realizing one wish had been wasted on a bit of pudding for her foolish husband, wished it instead hung at his nose’s end. And immediately his nose was lengthened by the link of the sausage. Well, try as they may, the link of pudding would not come off. And the husband, seeing the urgency of the moment, quickly wished the pudding to be off his nose. And there they both were, wishes all spent, with only a fine dish of black pudding between them.

Application

If your words had the power to turn thoughts into reality, if what came from your lips then appeared at your fingertips, what kinds of things would you be filling up your world with? If your words became flesh, would it be a pretty sight? The ironic part of this idea is that your words do have the power to create. And they also have the power to destroy. But like the foolish woodman, we utter thoughtless remarks that do more harm than good. Or we blurt out our impatience and selfishness to the hurt of many. But we don’t have to. God became flesh to transform our desires. And if you’ll give them to Him, you’ll get more than three wishes. You’ll get something like Christmas every day, from the One who showed no limits to what He would give.

Charge

As we seek Him today, focus on the power to create that comes from your words. Use them in Christ’s name for grace and truth.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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