August 3: Speaking As Christ.

2 Corinthians 2:17. For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.

It is truly an amazing thought that if the life of Christ indwells us, then we speak in Christ? Christ’s life manifested in us means that at any given moment we can speak the words of Christ himself. Our words are his words when spoken in faith by the Spirit.

You might ask, “isn’t something like that only for spiritual people like Paul?”

But aren’t we all like Paul?

Aren’t we all commissioned by God to go and make disciples? Doesn’t the Great Commission apply to all disciples of Jesus Christ?

Aren’t we all living in the sight of God, under his judgment?

Aren’t we all called to a life of sincerity?

Aren’t we all spiritual? Haven’t we all been taught spiritual truths by the Spirit?

1 Corinthians 2:13. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.

I know this can kind of sound “super spiritual.” Or maybe it’s just a normal and natural part of living in faith. Isn’t that what “to live is Christ” really means? It means that my words and actions, when lived from the grace of God by faith, could actually be Christ’s very own words and actions by our mystical union with the Spirit of Christ that we share?

If this is possible, it might be time to take what we say a bit more seriously. There’s power inside of us. And that power is released as words. Power to give life, Christ’s life, to others. Or power to hurt others with our selfish words. Thank God, no matter what we say, he can still use it for good.

Do you think before you speak? Do you consider that the next things that come out of your mouth could be the words of Christ to someone else? How does union with Christ empower you to say the grace-filled words of Christ to others?




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