September 16, 2023
Matthew 12:35-37, New Living Translation
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The word you speak will either acquit you or condemn you.”
Actions speak louder than words. You can tell a lot about an individual by their actions. Matthew 12:35-37 (NLT) says, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you speak will either acquit you or condemn you.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” I share this with you to encourage you to look at the things you are dwelling upon or meditating upon.
If you are worried about the things to come or how you are going to do this, or that, worry and anxiety will consume you. It will interfere with your judgment and decision. If we take the time to meditate on God’s word, He can change from the inside out, and we can live in His peace that surpasses all understanding.
Jesus explained it best in John 5:19-20 (NLT). He said, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing… Whatever the Father does, the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.”
What I want us to notice is that Jesus had a relationship with His Father. He didn’t do anything apart from Him. Jesus trusted Him, and He obeyed. This is the same thing our God, our father desires with us. How can we be in a relationship with him? By being in His word. By knowing His word. In this, transformation comes. We are no longer image bearers of the world, but we are the image of Christ. We gain an understanding of His nature in character, and we take on His nature in character. When we are in relationship with Him, we trust Him and seek His will not our will.
Jesus gave His disciples, that includes you and me, a new command before He ascended to heaven. “So now I am giving you a new commandment: love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35, NLT) How will we accomplish, but to be in relationship with our Father? When we have a relationship with him and love and obey Him, and his word, the things of this world no longer bother us, and the condition of our heart mirrors the heart of God!
“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:16, NLT) Will you trust Him? We take Him out His word and love and trust Him?
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear in timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT) Will you take Him at his word and trust and love Him?
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life— whether you have enough food, or drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food in your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in Barnes, for your heavenly father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all of your worries at a single moment to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27, NLT) Will you take Him out His word and love and trust Him?
If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, and you feel that you fear and worry and anxiety define you, why don’t you surrender to the Lord? Give it to Him. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT) Take Him at His word. Love, trust and obey Him.