Make Your Mark: Week 4 - Day 2

Opening Prayer

Jesus, open our minds and hearts to hear your word today.  Allow us to know your presence and hear your voice and give us the courage to follow you.

 

Read Luke 6:45 (NIV)

“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.”

 

Reflect

You’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”  I’m not sure who came up with that.  Maybe it was my Grandma who was always trying to get me to eat just a little more until I was sure I would burst.  If the saying bears any truth, then I’m probably about 20% dark chocolate.

But didn’t Jesus say something about “what goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth that is what defiles them?”  (Matthew 15:11 NIV)   Maybe someone should tell my Grandma that “you are what you say”.

Our words reflect a lot about who we are.  The way we speak to our spouses and kids, the way we greet our bosses or those “below us’ on the ladder at work, the way we speak to those who don’t look like us or dress like us or how we treat the person who waits on us at a restaurant all reflect the condition of our heart.  

 

Apply

What’s the point?  Just like a garden, produce reflects the nature of the plant it grows on, the words of our mouth reflect the heart that’s inside us.  “No human can tame the tongue.”  James 3:8

You cannot fake it.  Your words are a fail-proof barometer of the condition of your heart.  Jesus tells us to worry about the plank in our own eye before we worry about the speck in our brother’s eye.  If you want to know more about the plank in your eye, consider listening more carefully to the words that come out of your mouth.

 

Closing Prayer

Jesus, we want to know you, but we are weak and are helpless to know you unless you reveal yourself to us. Cause us to hear our words as others hear them and as you hear them.  Reveal the truth of our hearts to us and make us willing to yield to your work of redemption.

Terry Schneider