In the world but not of it

September 6, 2010

Say it correctly…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“cannot pronounce the word correctly.” Judges 12:6

You know the story; Jephthah captured the shallow crossings of the Jordan River, and whenever a fugitive from Ephraim tried to go back across, the men of Gilead would challenge him. “Are you a member of the tribe of Ephraim?” they would ask. If the man said, “No, I’m not,” they would tell him to say “Shibboleth.” If he was from Ephraim, he would say “Sibboleth,” because people from Ephraim cannot pronounce the word correctly. (Judges 12:5-6)

Jesus said “A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.” (Matthew 7:17)

If we profess to know Christ then our lives, our words, our deeds will tell that story. Those from Ephraim, as much as they tried, could not fake it well enough.

Perhaps outwardly they were wearing the right clothes, or had the right bible, or had some of the Christian lingo down. We must assume this because the scripture tells us that the way they were identified was through speaking.

Our words will speak volumes to those around us. They will reveal what is in our hearts. In fact, this is something the Lord addressed also in Matthew when He said, “For whatever is in your heart determines what you say.” (Matthew 12:34)

The point of this is not that we are to go out and become suspicious, listening to what professing believers say so we can weed out those that are pretenders. No, the point is that we must ensure that we are those who know the word, know the Lord and that when we are challenged our speech and our lives will glorify Him.


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