I know what you’re thinking… “Why is this post titled ‘Days Two & Three’ when yesterday’s post was titled ‘Day One’?” That, my friend, is a very valid question. The reason it’s titled “Days Two & Three” is because I just realized that I started the New Thru 30 reading plan on Monday, and I didn’t post a “Day One” post on Monday because I did the whole “I started the New Thru 30 plan!” post. So, yesterday’s post really should’ve been titled “Day 2”, but it wasn’t. So, I’m making up for it by covering days two and three today!
Ok, now that that’s over with, let me get to the good stuff. Today, as I was reading through Matthew 12, verses 33-37 jumped out at me. So, in case you don’t have your Bible handy, I’ll post it here:
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
We’ve all heard the infamous phrase in verse 34 – “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” But I’m curious as to how many of us have actually stopped and reflected on that. What we allow to come out of our mouths is really important. Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and Jesus tells us here in Matthew 12 that by our words we will be justified and condemned! That’s a pretty big deal. And if what comes out of our mouth is an overflow of what’s in our heart, than it’s even more important to watch what we allow into our heart. As I was meditating on this and thinking about what I was going to post, I remembered the Capital One credit card commercials where they always ask, “What’s in your wallet?” The truth of the matter is, if there’s something in your wallet you’re gonna spend it. And if you’re gonna spend it, you better hope it’s gonna do some good. So here’s my question to you. Looking at your heart as your wallet, I’m going to ask, “what’s in your wallet?” What are you spending every day? If it’s not bringing life, it might be a good idea to get a new credit card. Now, bear with me for a second and picture the Word as a credit card. The interest on that credit card doesn’t count against you. In fact, the more “debt” you incur, the better! If you put that credit card in your wallet, what you spend will be truth and give life*!
Wow. As I’m writing this I’m getting really convicted. Will you commit with me to make a change? To get lost in the Word so that the money we spend is good? It won’t be easy and it’s a pretty big commitment. But, I think – no, I know – that it will be worth it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want idle words to condemn me on the day of judgement!
*Disclaimer: If you speak the truth, it will bring life (Proverbs 18:21). That doesn’t mean that people will always agree with or like what you say, and their response might make you think that it’s doing the opposite. But trust me, the words in this Book are life (John6:63)!