Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 28, 2016

Keeping It Simple

sept-28“And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” I Thessalonians 2:13 (ESV)

He said…She said… and neither one of them got it. Ever been there when you thought you were communicating and you weren’t?  I have so traveled this road – far too many times than I dare admit.  And just simply talking doesn’t necessarily mean that someone gets it.  We speak a lot of words.  We tweet a lot of phrases and we post a lot of stuff.  But the true art of communication means that the receiver understands clearly the message the sender intended.  Wow that sounds  complicated – especially in today’s social media driven talk.

Wonder what message we are sending out to our world?  Does it get lost behind a perceived attitude?  Does it lose its punch because we make simple confusing?    Perhaps we choose to use impressive words that someone might see yet they don’t accurately portray what we mean.

Love the way Jesus chose His words.  Engaging his audience and captivating them with His simple approach – words spoken from the very heart of God.  A gifted storyteller, Jesus knew how to keep His audience tuned in.  His words propelled many into action.  His words convicted the lost.  His words birthed new life and hope into weary souls.  His words nourished the hungry. His words healed the broken. His words spoke truth and dispelled lies. His words were full and never empty. His words were powerful and alive.

Puts a whole new spin on the way we talk, tweet and post.  Reminders that God’s truth is always best.  Words seasoned in grace and kindness leave little room for perceived attitudes.  Avoiding words of gossip sets us up as trustworthy.  Painting a picture can drive home a point without an extended lecture.  If we want to draw others to Jesus, then we have to explain His message in a way they can understand. Organic communication – the way God meant for His people to share information, encouragement, inspiration, motivation and reflection.

“Father, in every word we speak, write, post or tweet – help us to bring honor and glory to Your name.  Guide us in keeping the gospel message simple so all can understand.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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