By Tim Lamb, Entiat, WA
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Speaking of Jesus?
By Tim Lamb
I was listening to a well known conservative commentator on the radio and if you know of whom I am referring you know he can be a bit excitable. Agree or disagree it is so obvious this guy loves what he does and believes what he says and he's not afraid to tell you. What makes him a success is his great material, insights and overflowing passion for telling us about...anything?
Why aren't Christians like that? We have the best material. Rock solid, historically based, information and insights from eye witnesses, world famous scholars, and people next door; we have audiences that love to hear it and others who want to debate it or silence us; but regardless, people are listening, so why do we lack the passion and shear excitability of political columnists?
Following a five minute rant this guy on the radio said, in the form of an apology:
"I liked what I was saying so much I just kept wanting to hear me." I love it!
I want to be that way when someone gets me talking about Jesus. I should love to hear myself praise the Lord! I love to hear YOU praise the Lord. I love to hear ANYBODY praise the Lord! I write because I'm not good at conversation. It takes me hours sometimes to write one page. I sit for ever trying to come up with the right words but when I do get talking about Jesus it's hard to shut me up because I like what I'm saying.
Psalm 98:4 "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise." It's a joyful noise we make when talking about our Lord. It's a testimony to the Creator and a witness to His power. We do the King's beckoning; we plant the Master's fields.
Come on, we're the body of Christ, don't we have a mouth? Not all of us are made for public speaking but if your faith isn't worth talking about you better rethink your faith. Satan is out there spewing his lies if WE don't get excited about the truth who will?
I saw a sticker in a store that read: "I'm always disappointed when a liars pants don't actually catch on fire!" It got me thinking and wondering what would stop a liar? A growing nose didn't stop the wooden kid from telling whoppers but maybe flaming britches would! One wrong word and stick boy would be a campfire.
Revelation chapter 20 tells us Satan will get "fired" for all his lies in that brimstone lake but so will a lot of people. They need to see us running off at the mouth about Jesus. We need to counter the lies and rejoice in the truth. They need some Good News from loving people who are glad to hear themselves say it.
All you who take the name of Jesus, do you take His name with honor, rejoicing, or do you take His name in vain? My daughter got married last summer and she couldn't wait to tell the world she had taken the name of the bridegroom. Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom, who have you told with gladness that you have taken His name? Be happy about it and love to hear yourself use His name!
1 Corinthians 13:1 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." Speak with love but love what you're speaking.
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