God wants to fill our lives with good things. Hence one needs to prepare oneself to receive from Him. A principle key for that is to work on oneâ€™s words and behavior.Â You are accountable to God not only for the words you speak but also for the intent behind your words.
This is what is depicted in Luke 19:20-24: â€œThen another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’â€
It may appear that the one who is speaking to his master is very much frank and genuine. However, in reality, he is rash and rebellious to authority.Â Itâ€™s true that all bold talks are not marks of rebellion. Yet donâ€™t misunderstand every arrogant talk and behavior as signs of confidence and honesty.
How do you recognize a confident talk from a rash talk? Evaluate the fruit! Confident people not only speak confidently but also act confidently. But all that the rash people will do is to talk rashly. And, even when they do something, they act rashly.
Understanding the spirit of the age, one must take a bold stand against arrogance and rashness (2 Timothy 3:4) and vouch to honor authority. Let confidence and humility work together.Â One who does it can expect Godâ€™s goodness to shower over him. Itâ€™s because God delights in honoring those who honor!
– – – written by Joe Abraham & Ancy Joe