How often do we worry more about what to say, rather than trusting Jesus to give us the words to say to those who need to hear?
One Word –
Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. Luke 21:14-15
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 7, 8; Luke 20, 21
Big Idea –
Jesus is talking with the disciples about thing which would happen at the end of the age. I think it is fair to say that we are living in such days, as I often say, “It has never been ‘laster’ than today.” However, it is worth pointing out that Jesus promise to give them words to say with wisdom was fulfilled in the book of Acts. For example, Peter and John before the Sanhedrin, Stephen’s words spoken prior to being stoned to death, or Paul before Felix and King Agrippa. In the same way we will be given words with wisdom when we testify today about Jesus.
Yet how often do we make this difficult? We “meditate” and worry about what we would say, not before kings or others in authority. Instead, we wonder what we should say to family and friends, or others in our community about our faith in Jesus.
Jesus said, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). The Holy Spirit will energize our words. As a witness our responsibility is not to prepare the case (that’s the attorney’s job, or in this case the Holy Spirit); it is simply our responsibility to tell what Jesus has done for us.
Peter encouraged us to make Jesus our LORD ready always to give an answer for the hope within us (see – 1Pt. 3:15). Our preparation is not a crafted well thought out answer to any possible question; our readiness comes by making Jesus the LORD of our lives. Through our daily times of devotion and prayer, joining together with other believers to hear the preaching of the word and to study it together, Jesus is set apart as our LORD. This time is never wasted, but fills our heart with His word that the Holy Spirit can draw out when needed.
Let’s take Jesus at His word believing that He will give us “a mouth and wisdom” whenever and with whomever we make Him known.
I’m going to focus more on preparing my heart making Jesus my LORD and praying in the Spirit regularly confident that the Holy Spirit will fill my mouth with the words of life for those who need to hear.
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, I believe that when I keep you at the center of my heart, it will overflow naturally with words of life that others need to hear. Forgive me and others in the church for spending more time trying to prepare just the right words to say, rather than going out into our communities believing You will fill our mouths. Holy Spirit, as we pray for people in our circle of influence, give us boldness to speak as You have prepared their hearts to hear.