Self-Examination (Part 32)
Mouth: Your Best Employee
'Woe is me, for I am ruined!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I live among a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.'
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, 'Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.'
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?' Then I said, 'Here am I. Send me!' He said, 'Go, and tell this people...'
Isaiah 6:5-9 (NASB)
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.'
Then I said, 'Alas, Lord God!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
Because I am a youth.'
But the Lord said to me,
'Do not say, 'I am a youth,'
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.'
Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NASB)
What qualities might be necessary for a mouth to be a star employee in the Lord's communication army?
1. Recognizing our insufficiencies. Isaiah thought his mouth was too sinful. Jeremiah thought his mouth was too young. Moses called himself slow of speech and tongue.* Paul called himself unimpressive in speech.** But God equips people humble enough to see themselves as unworthy to speak. Because for all key speeches in our lives, the Lord Himself intends to prompt our lines. 'Do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say' (Luke 12:11-12).
2. Stepping forward into our destinies. Isaiah spoke up as a volunteer. Jeremiah spoke unpopular words. Moses spoke to Pharaoh and grumbling kin. Paul spoke fearlessly all over the world. Every Bible hero was courageous. Not one of them refused the Lord's Command to walk and talk as He instructed them, as ready, willing and able to go: 'Speaking boldly in the Lord, Who was bearing witness to the Word of His grace' (Acts 14:3), 'In Whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him' (Ephesians 3:12).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Sincerity and humility, combined with courage to follow Christ, make your mouths excellent employees.
To Be Continued...
* 'Moses said to the Lord, 'Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to Your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue' ' (Exodus 4:10).
** 'I am unskilled in speech' (2 Corinthians 11:6). 'His personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible' (2 Corinthians 10:10).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.