Merry Christmas folks.
You have heard it said, “Words are powerful.”
Well! That is a massive understatement. And this scripture is responsible for damaging that paradigm.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it…The Word became a human being (flesh) and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah (glory).” [John 1;1-5, 14 CJB]
Consider this thought experiment.
Imagine someone approaches you. This person has not said anything yet. Imagine that she has no voice and she is just an incomplete person – just bones, muscles, and ligaments. Pure biology, no voice, just human with no humanity.
This human is just standing there looking at you. Then you are given an assignment to make those bones live again. But, you are to do it using only words. What would you do? What would you say?
How do you make a human being of that human? How do you cause this human to come alive and truly live up to their full potential? How do you do it with your words only?
Your words are not just powerful. Your word is a human being. Your words are human beings
And here’s the ultimate proof –
God, our heavenly father, in whose image we are made is the prime example.
God’s word is so powerful that His Word became a person, a human being. This word that became a human being developed its own voice. And guess what that Word, turned human being, turned voice, did and said?
It spoke about God, the one who first spoke it. It testified about God, the one who first uttered it. It showed what God was all about. Did only the things that God wanted to do.
In essence, God’s Word, became his testimony. It became his bond.
Hence, when you see or hear God’s Word (turn human being) speak in scripture, you know its Him – God – because God and his Word are inseparable. No doubt, Jesus, who was God’s word turned human being said –
“I came to testify of the Father (1)”
“I do what I see my father doing and say what I hear my father saying (2)”
“If you see me, you have seen the father (3)”
“For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak (4)”
Jesus healed the sick, healed the broken-hearted, cleansed lepers, befriended sinners, rescued a woman from being stoned, defended a prostitute and encouraged her to live right, just to name a few.
In short, God’s Word elevated God in our minds and in our hearts. It dwelt in our midst and the testimony of God’s word – Jesus – was so powerful that He now lives in us, empowering, inspiring, and advocating for us – praying for us even while in heaven.
And that is just how powerful words are!
See yourself in God’s stead. After all, “As He is, so are we in this world,” right?
Every time you speak, your word becomes a human being. That word testifies about you wherever it goes. When you say something to someone, whether negative or positive, that word develops its own voice. In essence, it continues to repeat what you said in the mind of the one you said it to wherever that person goes.
Newsflash! It does so in your name. And if it brings harm and destruction instead of hope, faith, love, joy…, you will soon find that you have to answer to God, whose image you messed up in another human being.
Your words either become your advocate or your accuser. If not now, soon.
Its as Jesus said –
“You must give account on judgement day of every idle word you speak (Mt 12:36)“
Your words become a testament before God in the courts of heaven. It can either agree, restrict or cancel what God is saying or intends to do with you, for you, or through you – God forbid. But, that’s just how powerful your words are. After all, Jesus said the traditions of men can make the word of God of no effect (Mk 7:13).
So, the question is –
What kind of human beings are being created from your words? What kind of voice do you want your human beings to have? What will those “human beings” you created with words say about you?
God’s word had a name – Jesus, what he did and said. Will your word become so inspirational and life giving that it merits its own name and place in history and eternity? Will it do something for someone?
If not now, when?
So, for this Christmas and coming New Year –
Let your gifts speak for themselves. Let your words speak for themselves.
When someone stands in front of you looking pale, sad, broken, afraid…and in need of some spiritual or emotional juice, be a friend.
Carefully craft and construct your words in a way that blesses, benefits, and lifts up the image of God in the pale, broken, sad…and dead human body.
If that means speaking words that plead the 5th (meaning – SHUT UP! and just listen), then do it. That is a whole different human being by itself.
In the words of King Leonidas of Sparta from the movie 300, metaphorically speaking,
“Choose your next words carefully. They may be your last.”
Merry Christmas to you all. May God’s eternal grace pursue you to ever greater heights as you enter the new year. Whatever is beautiful; whatever is meaningful; whatever brings you happiness; may it be yours this holiday season and through the coming year.
One Love, One Spirit
Endnotes: (1) John 5:36 (2) John 5:19 (3) John 14:9 (4) John 12:49. Cover picture from here