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Devotional - week of October 8, 2006


major instrument 

 

… [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:13c

 

God is in need of our bodies. We must never forget this most important truth. God has revealed truths about Himself through the incarnate Jesus—who was both God and man in one body.

 

Every believer has the high calling to be a vessel through which God explains Himself to people. This calling is fulfilled as we live by grace—and present our bodies to be used by Him. 

 

Does God use one part of the body more than another to explain and express Himself to mankind? Probably you are saying it is tongue. Almost everyone will agree that it is the tongue that God uses most of all. Think of the ways the Father has used Jesus’ tongue.

 

The power of the tongue is accurately described in the Book of James. He compares the tongue to a bit in a horse’s mouth, the rudder of a ship, and a small fire that grows into a great fire. The tongue, the bit, the rudder, and the fire are all small—but they can do devastating things. Consider this statement found in James 3:6.

 

The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 

 

The statements of James are a stern warning to all believers about the damage this powerful instrument of our bodies can do.

 

God’s desire is to take this instrument of potential devastation and to use it for His honor and glory and to bless others.

 

We can show others what God is like with many parts of our bodies. With our tongues, we can tell others what God is like. We also can tell unbelievers how they can become children of God, and we can tell believers how they can live by God’s grace. We can say words that give comfort to hurting and confused people, and we can encourage others. 

 

When we give the parts of our bodies to God as His instruments of righteousness, we must not forget the major importance of our tongues.