Wow! This post marks my one hundredth (100th) gospel article published on “The PLAN de GOD” (www.theplandegod.com). GLORY BE TO GOD!!! I was just curious to how many articles have been published to date, and to my amazement, this made it the 100th of constant and relentless Holy Spirit inspired and undiluted writings, experiences, inspirations, testimonies, thoughts, facts, views, philosophies and theories on God’s word. Please join me in thanking God for the infinite supply of His grace and Spirit; may His name and glory be highly exalted in all the heavens and the earth now and forever more! Amen! Now to the business at hand, having seen the spiritual connection between the value you place on your word and your ability to produce faith-fuelled results, let’s now look into one major event that Jesus used to teach us about the importance of the integrity placed on our word. Remember, ‘word’ in this context is about making promises and commitments.
Your Word Against Mine
While defending my master’s degree thesis sometime ago, one of the panelists, while looking for faults to criticize my work (which were very few and insignificant), pointed something out and based on that, accused me of “copy and paste”. I chuckled and replied him “That’s not even possible Sir, I did it my very self and all authors are properly referenced”. The other panelist who knew me was shocked at such accusation and outrightly defended me, confirming that it wasn’t possible. Then the panelist said to me “Well, it is your word against mine”. I didn’t need to reply him again. That’s exactly how it is with our everyday lives and with God. It is your word against God’s word, God’s word against yours or your word in agreement with God’s word. Can you hold God to His word? Certainly! But can God hold you to your word?
The irony of Christian life is that your word must be based on God’s word and so it becomes God’s word, meaning that God has to perform your word because it is His word. This means that if you pay strict attention to God’s word, you will realize that your word carries power. Therefore, you need to be conscious of the role you play as a god (John 1:12) knowing that you are representing God on earth. This will enable you attach power to every word you say and commitment you make, thereby also increasing your faith to receive from God. This will also enable you to act in love, judgment and justice; and not be easily manipulated by people who just want to use you to get what they want.
In John 14:2, Jesus gives us a very clear example of the integrity of our word, he said:
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
Every word he spoke carried power and he was conscious of that. So what he was saying in essence was “You should know by now that I’m serious about everything I say, my word is my word”. In fact, he so much attached power to his promises that he assured them that he would have told them if it were not true. That is how honest our Lord Jesus Christ, as a mere mortal, was to his disciples. So Jesus was saying “I give you my word, take it or leave it”.
We can see what it takes to make a commitment, but what does it take to receive the benefits of a commitment? We need to play our own part on the receiving end of a promise or commitment. We need to fulfill our own half of the deal. In receiving from God, all we need to do is believe, which could also lead to further actions in obedience to God, based on the fact that we believe (Luke 1:45). In receiving from men, we also need to fulfill our own half of the commitment; it may be implicit or explicit. Implicit terms will have to do with our own honesty and integrity in being qualified to be a beneficiary of that commitment. Like I said before, if you manipulate me into giving you my word for your personal gain and for my own loss, I am not obliged to fulfill it. Explicit terms will have to do with agreed-upon obligations to be fulfilled. If you don’t keep your own end of the deal, how do you expect me to keep mine?
In conclusion, it is important to understand the rules of engagement both from the giving and receiving ends, especially in our dealings with mankind so that we are not manipulated or tricked into committing ourselves unnecessarily. Remember, it is my word against yours, your word against mine, or my word in agreement with yours, and ultimately a performance of the commitment.
Happy One Hundredth (100th) Post Anniversary!!!
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!