Let your love, God, shape my life
with salvation, exactly as you promised;
Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery
because I trusted your Word.
Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—
your commandments are what I depend on.
Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me,
guard it now, guard it ever;
And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces
as I look for your truth and your wisdom;
Then I’ll tell the world what I find,
speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed.
I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!
Psalm 119: 41-48
One of the greatest lessons that I have learned has been from John Maxwell’s book, “The Next Generation Leader”. He taught in this book the notion that as leaders in making decisions we can afford to be wrong, but we can’t afford to be unclear.
Over the years I have realized the tremendous power that this teaching has, especially as a follower of Christ. One of the biggest downfalls that a Christian can experience is lack of authority and lucidity in the message they proclaim.
It seems as though people aren’t confused by our message. Almost every person has heard the Word of Christ; they know the basics of what Jesus Christ offers. What they are confused by is our lack of belief in our own truth. We believe the Word of God, but when it comes to actually living out that faith, conviction, hope and joy in our everyday situations, we miss the mark. Often in one sentence we give truth to the message of Christ, but in the next sentence we step back in doubting that God will provide for us in the future. The words completely contradict each other.
Everyday we need to be clear in our message and powerful in it’s delivery. We must know the truth that we hold to, write it on our hearts, and proclaim it with clarity and “umph”! We can speak the truth of Christ, but the way that we live our life must also give glory to that truth.
Examine the clarity of the message you are proclaiming. Strive to speak, live and love with audacity and authority in the truth of Christ. Once you become clear in your message, proclaim it with some “umph”! Hold to your beliefs in every ounce of your being and as the psalm reads, speak boldy, unembarrassed to tell the world of what you have gained.