A lot of “wanna be” power surrounded the Titanic. Prideful boasting: The greatest of all ships! Unsinkable! Oh, well. So much for prideful boasts. But isn’t that the point?
“… the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts… The tongue also is… a world of evil among the parts of the body… a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:5,6,8)
What do we hear in the marketplace of ideas today? Throughout the 24-hour cable/Internet news cycle? Words, words, and more words. But what kind of words? Words full of deadly poison?
Or words full of LIFE?
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” (Luke 6:45)
So where is real Kingdom POWER to be found? In whatever truly fills our heart… and, therefore, directs our tongue?
Think of your conversations lately. With people on your TV/laptop. 🙂 With your family and closest friends. Words you have spoken… and/or held back. Thoughts and feelings beneath those words. Overt and hidden agendas they reveal.
Are you like the builder, even the captain, of the Titanic? Boasting in the righteousness and invincibility of your earthly cause? Are you like the Titanic’s rudder? Small enough to turn a mighty ship, but engaging far too little and far too late to really make a difference?
If boasts like Titanic’s are what we secretly (or not-so-secretly) want, what would make us the greatest? Unsinkable? Unstoppable?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Jesus is The Lord of lords. As such, His words are all-powerful. But not necessarily all-comforting…
“… whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)
“Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
How do boasts like unsinkable or unstoppable have any meaning at all? Unless they are tested by the very forces that would ordinarily sink and stop anything… because their source is up to the challenge?
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:31)
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… and when you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10,13)
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:6)
What words are on your tongue today?
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Diana Furr, a.k.a., Abba’s Girl
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