Amplify, Don’t Echo

As a Christian, what are we supposed to do?  Following Christ comes with a calling, and living out our faith day in and day out is what separates the Christian who flourishes from the Christian who wilts.

The question is – how does this happen?

At First Methodist Houston this week we are starting a series called Voice Activated. It takes a look at Biblical stories where God speaks. In the Bible, the word of God carries with it a power that is unique. God alone can create by literally saying a word. God speaks, actions happen.

As I have been looking over these passages – Genesis 1:3 is where it begins, And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light – it led me to other passages that surprised me. While it is true God alone has the power to create at the speaking of a word, this creative power of God is something you and I are invited to share.

Micah 6:1 – Listen to what the Lord says: “Stand up, plead my case before the mountains, let the hills hear what you have to say.”

Matthew 17:20 – Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Our words matter. The prayers we say, the words we share – this power in a word is a gift. It is a sharing of the divine with us.

The Matthew 17:20 passage has caused many questions to come my way as a pastor over the years. On occasion, someone has prayed and what they prayed for has not occurred. And while I could say things that are true – like God moves in a time not always our own – an answer like that deflects the power of this verse.

My real answer to a question about this passage is – practice it. This passage is one you have to practice.

The Bible holds an irrepressible theme that the powerful word of God is to be shared, and that when we speak it the power of God moves through us. God envisions us amplifying God’s word not echoing it. One increases its intensity, the other lets it fade.

This week pray for a word to speak and say it. Like Peter on the water, we might struggle at first. In time, though, we learn. Our faith grows. We continue to ‘let the hills hear what we have to say’ and then our mountain moves.


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