Matthew 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
John 13: 19-20 “I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am. 20 Very truly I tell you, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.”
To tell is to reveal information. To teach is the act, occupation, practice, or profession of a teacher. Jesus accomplished both in His time. His life perpetuated what God wanted so that His beloved could be redeemed. Sin was being made in His name and Jesus was the only way towards a future salvation. What can we take away from Jesus’s walk in faith, obedience, and dedication?
As I live out my life, I find that often I do a lot of telling. I speak the words that boil down deep and need to bubble up to the surface. The words I say are often wrought with emotion and determination. At times, I rationalize that they are said in love. Other times, I quietly retreat and realize that sin was encased in each syllable that was spewed.
In situations I guard my words and parcel them out carefully, the conversation feels halted and unnatural. The reactions of those around me seem to look at me in a trance seemingly trying to figure out what I have just said. It is also painful to continue this kind of dialogue, avoidance becomes the answer. People are now a job which I don’t want to partake.
When my words are from God, I see a difference. The conversation happens unknowingly and full of meaning. The recipient is open and God seems to be present. This only occurs when I remain tapped in to His ways, His words, and His grace. Honestly, I have to admit that speaking in this manner is a rarity. I don’t stay connected enough for the full benefit.
How do we live in this state?
Our lives are to be not just preaching words, they are to bring life to the gospel. It is our responsibility. We are to read, pray, go, and give. His words breathe life into ours.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Yet, in my moment of stillness, I often sit back and listen to words and try to internalize their meaning in my life. A slow and thoughtful meditation which will often produce thoughts and things to right. Then comes the fast and furious pace of busyness and those deep inner soul quenching ideas, drift slowly to the back of a cavern of to dos for another day.
Do what it says the Lord. The teaching comes when I embrace the change. I act upon the suggestions from God. I then become the teacher to those around, watching to see my next move or speak words of peace.
Matthew 28: 18-22 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
All Christians need to be the change. We need to rise up out of our comfy environments and act out His will. Take steps into an unknown adventure. Instructions will be provided, answers will be given, and authority granted in His name.
One day when I take my last breath, I want to know that I changed the hearts of people in our father’s great name. This is our destined legacy where we are the teachers and the disciples. Our lives have great purpose. This is our mission, to rescue one soul at a time by pointing to heaven for all answers.
Colossians 2: 6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.