Ripples in a pond

I remember the first time my mom said she loved me. I was 32 years old and I read it in my birthday card. I remember exactly where I was standing and what I had been doing.

Words are powerful.

When we read through Proverbs, words are a common theme and one of the theme’s that the writer of Proverbs wants us to grasp is this: words penetrate deep and spread wide.

Consider this: Prov 18:21: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits

We all know that, don't we? When we’ve affirmed someone and you can see it penetrate deeply in to their soul and how they then carry that affirmation through the rest of their day. Or, sadly, the opposite, when we’ve used our words to wound or hurt, especially those we love. You can see the scar they leave and how it can change their affect and disposition.

Words are powerful.

Jesus constantly demonstrated how powerful words were. When we consider the story of his interaction with Levi the Tax Collector (Mark 2:13-17) we see his words penetrate deep and spread wide. Let’s be honest; no one liked Levi. He was a tax collector. He wasn’t marginalized or oppressed; he was universally despised. Yet Jesus invites him. He says he wants to have dinner at Levi’s house. What does Jesus demonstrate with his words? He clearly shows us that ALL are invited in to the kingdom of God: the privileged, the oppressed, the marginalized, and even out to those despised by all.

Jesus’ words were powerful – you’re all invited.

But then His words spread wide. When Jesus arrives at Levis’ house what do we find? It’s full of those who be considered outcast or ‘sinners.’ How did they know to be there? The word spread. So they came to hear this man. And what did they learn? They were invited in too! 

Jesus’ words: they penetrate deep and they have the power to spread far.

What about your words today? Are they inviting others to the same journey we’ve been called to? Are they words that bring the life of Jesus? Are they gospel-centered words?

Your words have power: let them be saturated with the gospel and anointed by the Holy Spirit.