That Which Fills You, Spills Out of You

December 14, 2015

Acts 14: 1-3

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Gentiles believed. 2But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders.

That Which Fills You, Spills Out of You

God hasn’t commissioned all of us to be apostles and prophets, be we all do have a mandate to share the Lord.  While most of us will agree upon the commission that was given to the believers in Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”, many of us don’t feel qualified or comfortable sharing the Lord with others.  How is it God would have us to share Him when preaching and teaching may be so far from who we are?  What does this word preach mean?  The word “preach” in the Greek here is kēryssō.  It means, “to be a herald, to officiate as a herald, to proclaim after the manner of a herald, always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an authority, which must be listened to and obeyed. To publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done.”  

A herald is a messenger making a public proclamation.  Some of us may say, I don’t feel comfortable or knowledgeable about talking about the Lord.  That is something we need to work on getting over.  The best witness is the one who is filled with the Spirit of God.  Why are they filled with the Spirit of God?  Most likely they are filled because they spend a good deal of time in His presence.  They feed upon the Word, they are worshippers who spend time in His presence and they are intercessors who stand in the gap for others.  

Why is it we don’t have any trouble talking sports, TV programs or who has the best bargains?  We easily talk and converse about the subjects that we are most saturated in.  If we are to more easily converse and share the message of the Lord of glory with others what is going to give us the comfort, the gravity and the authority to share that message more than saturating ourselves in Him?

The Word says, ‘that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.’  What are we filling our mind and heart with?  If it is the things of God, then it should be spiritual things that flow freely from our conversations.  We should easily acknowledge God’s working in our lives even in normal conversation.  Even when we are not speaking verbally we are communicating non-verbally with our actions and attitudes.   Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. 3You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”

Some have taken this commission to preach the gospel of the kingdom as being ‘in your face’, dogmatic, judgmental and often rude.  That attitude probably drives more people away from Christ than it ever draws to Him.   All we need do is look at our example Jesus, to see the kingdom of God operating out of Him with love and humility, and yet with authority and confidence.  

If we would be the epistles of Christ, read of all men, then what are our life and our words communicating to the world around us?  That, which fills you up, will spill over in all you do and say.

Blessings,

#kent

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