Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 15:1-20
Being faithful is a 24/7/365 matter. God doesn’t call us to be faithful only when we understand or agree with what He has said. He calls us to be faithful to Him in all things and at all times. If we aren’t careful…situations will arise and we will question God’s decision. At such times, we begin to explain how what God has said couldn’t apply to me in this situation. There must be another answer. And we go after it. We are quick to give an explanation that exempts us from faithfulness. How many times have we bailed out on God because we didn’t like what was happening, or we didn’t understand what was happening?
Wouldn’t it be sad if one day, when we get to Heaven, God says…
- “I knew what was going on…and I had an incredible blessing in store. It was a miracle, just for you. But you stopped…too soon.”
Or, God says…
- “To tell you the truth, it wasn’t about you, at all. You see, previously you had told Me that I was the Lord of your life. And at that moment, I needed someone to be an example of faith…for someone else. They were struggling. But I knew that if they saw someone else being faithful, and they saw My blessing on their faithfulness…then it would encourage them and they would be faithful, as well. But you came up with an excuse to not be faithful…and I had to look for someone else, to serve Me.”
Faithfulness does not have an exemption clause. You don’t talk your way out of it.
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
I have a friend who is a lawyer and boy is he a fast talker. He’s so smart that he can say things in such a way that he can convince people of almost anything. As the old saying goes, “He could sell ice cubes to Eskimos.” Do you know anyone like that? They can talk their way out of any situation. If they do something wrong, they can always make it look like it’s not their fault. In fact, they can do something wrong to you…and before they’re finished talking…you’re apologizing because you feel like you did something wrong to them. Words. Words can be used for good, or bad. Fast talker.
Speaking of being a fast talker…do you know who is the fastest talker in the world? At one time, it was John Moschitta. He could say up to 11 words…per second. That’s right. 11 words…per second. He set the world record for the most words spoken in 1 minute by saying 586 words (since then his record has been broken several times). See if you are a fast talker by saying the following phrase as fast as you can…
How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
If a woodchuck could chuck wood?
As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck,
If a woodchuck could chuck wood.
If you can say that phrase in under 2 seconds (and it has to be understandable), then you might have a bright future working as a speed talker. That’s what John Moschitta did. He used his ability to talk fast to make a lot of money.
- He was the fast-talking guy on a FedEx advertisement (1981).
- He was Mr. Testaverde on the 1980s television show “Saved by the Bell”.
- He was the spokesman on 100 commercials for the Micro Machines toys.
- And, he provided the voice for characters in animated movies such as Blur in the Transformers movies.
John Moshitta made being a fast talker pay off.
But remember, being a fast talker not only means “how fast” you can say something…but it can also mean “how” you say something. You can say something in such a way as to make someone believe it is true…when it is not. We have to be careful about being that kind of a fast talker. Just because you have the ability to convince someone of something by being a fast talker…that doesn’t mean that it is the right thing to do. Anytime that you twist the truth in order to make someone believe something, you are being deceitful. One time a guy got caught telling a lie. He tried to defend himself by saying, “It’s not a whole lie. It’s half truth.” Someone responded, “Yeah, but that also means that it’s a half lie.” You see, something is either all truth, or no truth. There’s no such thing as something being part truth.
Jesus said that you can tell a lot about a person by the things that he says. If you listen long enough, and close enough to someone talk…most of the time, sooner, or later, their words will reveal their heart…what their real attitude and purpose is. There were some people who lived in Jesus’ day who said that they loved God. They bragged about how religious they were and how they obeyed God’s Law. There were even certain foods that they refused to eat because they believed that by not doing so they were proving how much they loved God. But then, they turned right around and made excuses for not obeying all of God’s Law. Oh, they had excuses for not doing so. They could explain why God’s Law did not apply to them, or to their circumstance. Fast talker. But the reality is…they said one thing (that they kept God’s Law), and then they did another thing (they did not keep God’s Law). And by trying to make excuses and give reasons for why they could break God’s Law…they were revealing by their own words that they really did not love God. They loved what they wanted more…than they loved what God wanted. Their words revealed what was really in their hearts.
Do you really, really love God? If you do…then you will obey Him in everything that He says. It’s not pick-and-choose…like going to a restaurant and saying, “I want a chocolate shake and a cheese burger…but leave off the vegetables.” No. God really, really loves you. And He knows what is best for us and we should be faithful to obey Him, at all times…even if we don’t understand, or agree. After all, He is God…and He knows what is best. We should not try to talk our way out of being obedient to God. When we do, it only results in problems and difficulties. Don’t be a fast talker. But, be a faithful follower.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,