Day 243 – Spiritual Words
On: July 1, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism – was it from heaven, or of human origin?” Luke 20:1-4
Jesus had a wonderful way of deflecting questions with further questions. And He seemed to be able to think on his feet so quickly to come up with brilliant responses. I’m 100% envious!
Of course, Jesus wasn’t being a slippery politician and trying to avoid the issue being raised; He was perfectly willing to answer genuine questions. But He had the discernment to recognise when a question was actually a challenge to His ministry and Who He was. Which, to be fair to politicians, is often what they are doing.
Those of us who would follow in Jesus’s footsteps need not be envious of His ability to come up with the right response to difficult questions. Jesus, Himself, said that we will be given the words when the going gets tough:
When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. Luke 12:11-12
And the apostle Paul, never too far behind, clarifies that this is not just a “heavenly gift of the gab” that’s on offer, but the ability to reveal Jesus to those around us: Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:19
As a Christian, I am given authority to carry out the works of the Kingdom and speak words of truth – empowered by the Holy Spirit – when I ask Him. It’s over to me to use this authority.
Show Your power, O Lord Demonstrate the justice of Your Kingdom. Prove Your mighty Word Vindicate Your Name before a watching world (words: Graham Kendrick).