“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.” Luke 1:1-4
“Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30-31
“The one who prophesies speaks to people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.” 1 Corinthians 14:3
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11
“That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete… I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 1:3-4; 5:13
The points for scripture writers were varied, yet unified; broad, yet simple. Every word was carefully chosen, and inspired to communicate God’s righteous intent for His people. They spoke and wrote that you believe. That you are certain. That you grow. That you share fellowship. They prophesied truth to upbuild, encourage, and console. They taught that joy be complete. That you be sure. (John 1:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
The living Word has symmetry and mystery, infinite power and divine purpose. Our words, too, are a beautifully designed gift from God. They have power, and should have purpose that is entwined with His. There are plenty of good reasons to express ourselves today, but there is also much communication that seems to have no point at all, or at least none that is redemptive. Many like to agitate, stir up controversy, get attention or reaction, initiate problems with no solutions. But as God’s children entrusted with mouths to speak, we have the privilege of using our words to accomplish the holy and divine, using them as instruments in God’s hands to enlighten, encourage, and clarify. (Deuteronomy 32:47)
How are we handling the opportunities God gives to communicate? How well do we follow His example with meaningful, cogent words that upbuild the Body? Before we speak, in prepared oratory or casual banter, do we take thought to have a point in what we say? What would change if we listened better first, took more thought, and realized what we say can have a lasting impact, and cannot be retrieved?
Father, help me be more purposeful in all I say and communicate, that You be glorified and Your people nourished and blessed.