Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Nothing but the truth

While "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" to some, there was also a man named Jeremiah that was a powerfully anointed prophet of the Lord. He boldly, passionately, and steadfastly spoke the word of God to the Jewish people in the 5th and 6th centuries B.C.

Yesterday morning my prayers resonated with this passage in Jeremiah.
Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth.” – Jeremiah 1:9
As a pastor and teacher I take truth seriously. I often find myself crying out to God for “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” As James said, “you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” This drives me to my knees as I prepare to teach, write, minister, pray, and lead. The truth of God is of extreme importance. Truth penetrates the heart and transforms lives. So I humbly cry out to the LORD and ask Him to reach out his hand and touch my mouth and to put His words in my mouth every day.

I must add the point that all of us who follow Christ are called to be ministers. We are all called to disciple others, pray for others, and ultimately share the love of Christ with others. So, we all must be immersed in truth, be speakers of truth, and live lives submitted to truth – submitted to Christ who exclaims, “I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life.”

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