I heard Ron Carpenter, Founder and Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, SC, say “We use our words to communicate, but God uses His words to create.” I don’t think we realize how powerful our words are. We were created in the image of God, the first man, Adam, when he named the animals; what he called them that’s what they were, and the writer of Proverbs tells us “life and death are in the power of the tongue.” But yet we still toss around our words without thinking about the impact that they have.
In John 18, the writer shows us how powerful words can be. Let met put everything in context for you. Jesus is just about to be betrayed. Judas, the Pharisees, and the Roman troops have shown up to arrest Him. Just before they arrest Jesus, one of the craziest things happens. This is what John writes in verse 6 “Now when He said to them, “I am He, ” they drew back and fell to the ground.” (John 18:6 NKJV) Jesus’ words were so powerful that just His spoken word knocked people to the ground. How crazy is that?
The same words that spoke the world into existence, the same voice that proclaimed “I AM” from a burning bush in the wilderness is the same voice that spoke you into the earth. You’ve been always on God’s mind and in His heart, but in order to get you into this earth, He had to speak you into existence. You went from God’s heart, to His mind, to His mouth, to this world. Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t important, that you aren’t worth anything, and that you’re a nobody. God thought so much of you that He used the same breath of life that He breathed into man to breathe you into this world. You were created on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.
- What does this passage teach us about God? How does it apply to you?
- How are you using your words? Are you using them to communicate or are you using them to create?
- Remember that you were created on purpose, with a purpose, for a purpose.