Many Things Explanation
We live in an era deemed to be the “Information age,” and yet in spite of all that we know, we know that the world through its wisdom does not come to know God. When you consider the vast wealth of knowledge that has been revealed through both general and special revelation, and yet the great lack of knowledge of God that exists, it can make you want to pull people to the side to say, “I know you don’t have much time but I’ve got many things I want to show you and tell you.” Songs are seeds, but seeds can produce trees, so if we sow the Word, growth make take place. That is the prayer.
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Just a few minutes of your time is all I’m asking for…
Many Things Devotional Thought
Graced to “Tell” Many Things
The “gift of gab” is a nice spin on “you talk a lot,” or even worse, “you talk too much.” I used to hate hearing that as a child, and even more as an adult, but I have since learned to accept the fact that I indeed have the “gift of gab.” While I prefer to downplay the “gab” part, and elevate the “gift” aspect, I draw comfort from the Bible in 1Pt 4:10-11 where the apostle declares that in Christ … “each has received a gift,” and we ought to “use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God…in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” What encouragement this provides to the “talkers” in Christ. We can use our “talking” as steward God’s varied grace!
Burdened Enough to Wanna Tell
It’s one thing to talk just because you like hearing yourself, it’s another thing to talk because you believe people are in need of what you have to say. The latter is better, and it can be a great combination when the “gift is rightly connected to the right burden.”
When I think about key ingredients that make up a missional Christian at least two things must pulsate and drive them—a burden and boldness to make the most of every opportunity to declare Christ. What are you burdened about? What do you like to talk about? If you are burdened for souls and like to talk about Jesus, the soul satisfier, then you have some of the key ingredients for mission. If you are burdened by the absence of the worship of Christ in your cultural/social “back yard,” and love to declare his excellencies to your “back yard” you have some of the key ingredients. If you are burdened by the ignorance of God or spiritual shallowness that exist among even the church, and love proclaim him, “…teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God,” you have some of the key ingredients need to be a missional believer that’s “worth their
Many Things to Tell Them—Let’s Tell Them Together
Paul felt a burden for his brothers according to the flesh, and we will feel a burden for particular people groups also. We will want to tell them and show them so many things.
There is a wealth of wonders that we, in Christ, get to behold on a regular basis. “Outsiders” don’t enjoy this and we should want them to. Even believers, who are not regularly under the Word of God, are missing out on knowledge that is critical and available! These “many things” I want to show, are like seeds I wanna sow. Paul prayed for this opportunity, as should we. He called it an open door for the word (Col 4:3). He had many things to declare all under the banner of “the mystery of Christ,” so he prayed for a chance to sow those seeds.
God’s people have always pushed beyond the boundaries of private, personal faith, to public appeals and bold proclamations.
“Give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!”
This is one of the passages that initially fueled my dream of clusters of unified (not uniformed) rappers who used platforms to do what the psalmist urged here in Ps 105:1-3. “Make known his deeds,” “tell of his works”—unpack the glories of what God has made known in His word, whether through song or just plain proclamation. This was not supposed to be a fad, or for a short season, but making much of this God and His deeds was meant to be a thing that one generation after another does.
“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you!”
Of course, what the Psalmist is referring to has since been maxed out in the revelation of Jesus Christ and His redemptive work on the cross. To declare the gospel of His saving grace, the power of His resurrection, the wonder of His electing love, and the marvel of His faithfulness to preserve us is something still desperately needed today.
Why We Tell Them
With out knowledge people perish, and this especially pertains to knowing who and how the true God is. Paul said that he could affirm the zealousness of his fellow Jews, but he had to concede that this meant nothing because they were ignorant, and therefore unsubmissive to God’s truth about righteousness (Rm 10: 2-3). Even when we consider the widespread rejection of the Lord Jesus, the Scriptures attributes this to the world’s wisdom being insufficient to lead to a knowledge of God, and His selection of Jesus as man’s only hope. So in other words, what you don’t know can kill you!
The people of God are given the stewardship of declaring to the world the knowledge concerning God, His salvation, and His reign over his world. We’ve been sent to making learners and followers, by teaching (Matt 28:19-20). 2 Cor 2:14-17, we are God’s means of spreading “the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” In urban slang, we look at our context and unashamedly say, “we can ‘put you on’ to the God you are ignorant of.” I know in this fast pace world many don’t have time to stop and engage in long dissertations about “spiritual things,” but if possible I would like to sow the seeds that grow the soul as God gives increase. After all is not only good news, but it’s the best news.
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