Talk is cheap…or not.

Posted: June 26, 2008 in Uncategorized

And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith. 2 Timothy 6:20

I’ve journaled on this scripture – not once – but several times in the last few months. I also printed it out on bright white paper, cut it into a crooked rectangle, and thumbtacked it up in front of my desk in my office where I can always see it when I study. It’s a verse that really, really matters to me.

Last year, I was in a season of wondering what was next in life and work and ministry, and a lot of questions were stirring about who I am and where I fit. I mulled and measured and considered and prayed, and one day…this scripture. It might not mean the same thing to everyone, but I know exactly what it meant for me. It was a clear and concise answer to a big and complicated question. The message of the gospel cannot be bargained, bartered, bought or sold. It’s free for all and freeing TO all who make it their only hope.

I’m deeply in love with this verse because it threw itself in front of the speeding-freight-train of my confusion and stopped me from what would have been either a bloody wreck at the bottom of the cliff or a narrow miss at the target of my destiny. Either one is equally devastating in terms of end result and eternal reward.

Powerful stuff, the Word of God. Has it ever jumped in the path of peril in your life?

Thankful for guard rails,



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