Am I such better company for the glorious, sinless One?

First Jesus calls four hard-working fellows who gainfully pursued an honorable occupation. But then He up and calls one of those tax collector “things”!

Suppose you had been one of the fishermen. Would you have been aghast and insulted that Jesus would have called Matthew just as readily as He called you? I wonder how many of us would have resisted the preposterous notion that we follow Jesus in the company of a publican.

Aren’t we so strange, vain, and arrogant? I mean, just how good do we think we are, anyway?! Think about it… Continue reading

To speak with nourishing, nurturing, feeding lips

I read in Proverbs 10 this morning. Here you have verses 18-21:

He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

When I speak, I want to speak truthfully and honorably, accurately and dependably (Proverbs 10:18).

When I speak, I want to know that I actually should be speaking (instead of sinning through and with too many words) (Proverbs 10:19).

When I speak, I want to speak with a wealth-dispensing tongue (Proverbs 10:20).

When I speak, Continue reading