People sometimes say, “I saw Jesus in you,” and that’s good. That’s a great compliment for someone to be given. People also ask, “What would Jesus do?” And again that’s good. Really makes one stop and think. But what if people also said, “I HEARD Jesus in you!” and asked, “What would Jesus SAY?”
Sometimes we are super busy serving the Lord, and it looks like we are surely doing what Jesus would do, but all that time we are working so hard, our mouths are running and not coming close to saying anything remotely like what Jesus would say!
This year, 2018, my heart’s desire and goal is that every time I open my mouth whatever comes out would sound like Jesus! Sadly, I’ve already missed that goal royally more than once, but I’m going to keep on trying.
Not counting the verses that speak of God’s judgement and eternal punishment for unbelievers, I think the scariest verse in the Bible is found in Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”
EVERY idle word? How many idle words have I spoken in the past fifty some years? Millions? Billions? Gazillions? How many of those idle words sounded like something Jesus would have said?
That thought makes me feel so convicted I don’t ever want to open my mouth again! However, that won’t work either. The Bible says the virtuous woman “openeth her mouth with kindness” not silence! And again Proverbs says “a soft answer turneth away wrath” not silence!
So today, in this still brand new year of 2018, may our desire and prayer be that before we speak, we stop and ask, “What would Jesus say?” And when the words start pouring from our mouths, may others hear Jesus in us!