Bible Ballistics: BBs #81 What’s Your Source????
We’ve talked about being ‘plugged in’ to Jesus, and if we claim to be a believer, a ‘Christian’, then our lives and conversation ought to reflect our source of life!! What comes out of our mouths is a reflection of what’s inside our heart.
While we live in an ‘anything goes’ culture, that shouldn’t be our ‘standard’? We have a different source of life—Jesus!! The culture should be attracted to us because we reflect Jesus. They will never be attracted to Jesus through us when we look, act and talk like the rest of the world. What comes out of your ‘mouth’? Your fingers — texting, messaging or FaceBooking? Do you say or print things that bring shame to our Lord, or worse blaspheme God or use HIS name in vain? Are you being a reflection of His glory or conformed to the world?
James 3:8-11, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.”
Only God can tame the tongue but we must yield it to Him first—along with our heart!!! Are you being an honorable reflection of Jesus, or conforming to the ‘world’?
Matthew 15:18-19, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:” Do your words defile you before God?
James says that a fountain produces water true to it’s source-sweet or bitter. If our heart is sweet, then the words that come from our mouth should, no WILL, show it.
Jesus makes it even clearer. Words ‘defile’ not just because they come out of your mouth, but also because they actually come from the heart. Make the ‘heart’ pure and it will show in all you do and say.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Are you ‘in’ Christ Jesus?
So? Here’s our shot for the day.
What’s your source?
Is Christ Jesus seen
in your lifestyle,
Look around you; do people know you love Jesus by the way you live? Let’s make it so.
Isaiah 43:12b, “ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.”
What kind of witness are you?