Text for Today – 1 Corinthians 14:19 – Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding . . . than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.
First, allow me to clarify that our Text for Today in NO WAY rises against speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. It is, however, speaking clearly about clearly exercising speech in the church for the edification of the hearers. That being said, here’s a query for you. Have you ever talked with someone who seemed to take an inordinately long time to get to the point? Perhaps he really had something important to say, but just wandered all over the verbal landscape before finally arriving at the intended destination. Sadly, this has happened in the church on occasion; perhaps too often. People with good intentions of sharing Christ have become so engrossed in theology and its various aspects that the simple gospel message has become a complicated issue, difficult to explain, difficult to share, difficult to understand, and therefore, less likely to be embraced by those who need it.
I find Paul’s statement of “five words” to be intriguing. For instance, “Ye must be born again.” That’s five words. The message is profound and simple, and of utmost importance. These five words speak volumes of the absolute necessity of knowing Christ, of being reconciled to God. Then there is, “Be ye reconciled to God.” Again, here are five words that command a response. These words do not offer a suggestion, but rather a command that brings true solution.
But how can the salvation message by so simple? The answer lies in yet another five words; “Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Once again, the core of the issue, the sacrificial Lamb of God, offered once and for all. And how does one act upon such profound simplicity? Once again the answer comes in five words. “The Word is nigh thee.” But what Word is that? “”The Word . . . that we preach.”
Today, as you enter your day of living as a minister of reconciliation, remember this simple acrostic: KISS (Keep It Simple, Saint). Take time to reflect on how easy God made it for you to enter into His kingdom, becoming His child, His heir, and joint-heir with Christ. Don’t try to complicate it, regardless of what the theologians have espoused. Five words can save a soul and keep it from hell. Five words can redeem a life, enabling it to enjoy the life of God in Christ. FIVE WORDS.
Manna for Today – John 3:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; 1 Corinthians 2:2; Romans 10:6-17