Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

“It’s the way you tell ’em!”

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

5th May 2013

‘…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect’ (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

Frank Carson was known for his witty one-liners often followed by his catchphrase, “It’s the way I tell ’em”. Here is one of his classics:

There were two Irishmen eating sandwiches in a pub and the landlord said: “You can’t eat your own food in here.” So they swapped sandwiches.

Not very funny, I know, but perhaps I don’t tell ’em like Frank did.

An important point for us Christians to remember is that it’s not only the content of the message we have for the world that matters, but the way we tell ’em.

For example, we could say, ‘God loves you so much, he sent his Son to die for you’. Or we could say, ‘GOD LOVES YOU SO MUCH HE SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR YOU’. (Most computer or text users consider the use of all capital letters to be the electronic equivalent of shouting).

The Christian message of salvation through Jesus is good news, and is something that we should be passionate about, but in being passionate we can come across, if we’re not careful, as being strident or aggressive.

We are called to gently and respectful share the gospel in the hope that some may be persuaded. We are not to pummel people with our words.

Sometimes the world can’t hear a word of what Christian’s are saying because they are too put off by the way we tell ’em.

While Jesus had some strong words for the religious leaders, when he spoke to individuals or to the crowds he didn’t berate them for doing wrong, or blast them with the truth. Most commonly he would tell stories that made people think and consider; he would speak words of grace and compassion.

Later the Apostle Paul would write,

‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone’. (Colossians 4:2-6)

May each of us make the most of every opportunity to share the good news of Jesus clearly and may our words be full of grace and seasoned with salt.

The gospel is the most important message that this world needs to hear; let’s look to make it attractive and appetising. After all it's the way you tell ’em.

Prayer

Father, please help me to speak about Jesus with love and grace so that others might be attracted to him and not driven away.
Amen.

Have a good week telling ’em.

Pastor Barry

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