The Power of a Word Well-Spoken

Isaiah 55:10–11

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth. 

Mark 4:20 (NASB)

Christ said, “Those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit.” 

We had a children’s book years ago titled, Johnny and the White Lie. It told the story of little Johnny who told a little white lie but, in order to keep the lie alive, had to add more and more lies to the point that the lie (symbolized as a large white amorphous blob) grew larger than his room and even his house. Only when the lie became so absurd that he could not tell another to keep the original lie alive did he admit to the “little white lie” he had told in the first place. Worlds built with untrue words will always collapse under their own weight. 

God, on the other hand, speaks and there is light. Dry land, sea creatures, plants, trees, stars, sun and moon appear at his command. God speaks creation into being. So it is with God’s word in the Bible, or on the lips of Jesus. His are not idle words. His are not thoughtless ramblings. He says things like, “The soul that sins will die” (Ezekiel 18:20). He speaks truth about his redeeming love, “I will remember their sins no more” (cf. Isaiah 43:25). Jesus says, “And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29). So it will be.

But there is more to the power of the Word of God than even our eternal salvation. For God’s Word, to have its full effect will also take root in our hearts here and now. It will bear fruit in our lives. Sometimes that is a 100-fold productivity: St. Paul, Martin Luther, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham are but a few examples. Sometimes it is 30 or 6o fold: countless Sunday school teachers, faithful parents, friends and loved ones who embody the love of Christ to others around them. Sometimes it is the smallest kindness growing from a grateful heart that has the greatest impact: opening your world to a new friend, taking the time to listen to an elderly person for more than a few minutes. When the Word of God springs from a hearing heart there is a great return. 

Jesus has spoken grace and truth into our hearts. Surely that Word will bear fruit. There is no need to manufacture even the smallest white lie to make it so.

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