Scripture: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Yesterday we talked about how we communicate with our actions. Today God is revealing to us the importance of mission. In one verse, Jesus provides us his mission statement. Isn’t this verse really the essence of Jesus life and purpose. He came to save the world, as the Son of God, to whoever shall believe in him.
In just 25 words, he reveals to Nicodemus, and to the world, who he is (the Son of God), what are we talking about (he came to save the world), why is this important (it is a life and death matter – salvation), when and where it applies to us (here and now), and how we can fulfill this mission (through belief in him).
We talk about this in our workplace because effective communication is pivotal to the success of an initiative, and an organization. It’s important in our homes, and in all of our relationships. Yet we often fail so miserably at communication due to fear of conflict, because they are going to be difficult for others to hear, or because our thoughts will not be accepted or even worse ridiculed.
When we think of what Jesus had to communicate, he certainly faced all of those scenarios. His words were very likely to cause conflict, were going to be very difficult for others to hear because it was a once in a lifetime concept, and he definitely going to face ridicule and persecution to the point of death by speaking them. In spite of this, at the right time, after the ground had been prepared and many seeds had been planted, Jesus communicates his mission and purpose. Simple. Significant. Sizzling.
We would do well to be such an effective communicator. The good news is that the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that was with Jesus, is with us. If we stay focused on Jesus, the Holy Spirit will give us the very Words of our lips. Luke 12:11-12 tells us not to worry, and that the Holy Spirit will teach us at that time what we should say.
Let us turn our eyes to Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit, the master communicator who is right there in our corner, always at our side, and ready to help us in time of need.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word this morning and revealing to us exactly what we need to hear. We seek you first every day, for every morning is new. As our bodies are refreshed every morning, our Spirit is refreshed every morning through your Word. Fill us now with your Holy Spirit and let is guide our every word, and every action. Help us to stay close to you Lord all throughout the day. Help us to walk in your Presence Lord, as we ask for your guidance in all that we do. Let us know and cherish every person who you bring across our path today. Guide our actions and help us to value every interaction. Forgive us now our sins, and keep us from temptation. We give you all the honor and glory, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
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