“So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.” (1 Corinthians 14:9)
My son married a young lady who has an engineering degree. Straight out of college she worked for a company that launches and tracks satellites circling the planet. Yes, he literally married a rocket scientist. You’ve heard the phrases – “It’s not rocket science” or, “It’s not brain surgery.” They mean the task is not as difficult as it seems.
Mixing the messages can be funny if it comes out like the title of this devotional, or dangerous if the wrong person is confused. This scribe had brain surgery, twice. I’m glad the surgeon was not confused.
Watchmen, we dare not make the message of salvation so complicated people miss it. “The enemy is coming. They’re ugly and have cannons, and want to kill us, they’re coming fast, and they burned 200 other cities, and they’re wearing brown outfits. We should run, but we can only escape through the gate with the steeple on top, and you should wear a new robe and, and, …and…”
All intriguing, many accurate, some necessary, but do people need that much information to escape death?
We could say, “RUN!” Shouldn’t we say ‘fast?’ Shouldn’t we tell them the enemy is near? Shouldn’t we say there is little time? “RUN!” covers all of that.
“Jesus loves you. You can spend eternity in Heaven. Here’s how.”
Father, I don’t want to complicate Jesus, or love, or salvation. I will speak as Jesus did. Teach me again how to reach the world.