In my community it is easy to go to church. Access to a Bible is almost a given. Finding a place to Worship or a Bible to read in our native language is not very difficult. We have such open access to the Word. All that holds us back is our personal choices concerning what to do with our time. There are places in our whole though where the Word is simply not available in a language the people speak or read. All they know of the Word of God is what is shared orally by a missionary or by someone who has heard one. And for many of us in parts of the world where the access is so easy, the reality is that His Word remains a ‘foreign language’ to many.
God placed His words in Jeremiah’s mouth when He called him to service. The Word is powerful. God tells Jeremiah that God’s word can uproot and tear down kingdoms and that it can also build up and plant. The truth in this remains with us today as well. God’s word continues to work in our lives to destroy those little kingdoms we establish and also to continually build up and plant vision, hope, love, light, and such. All of this so that we can live these things out and so that we can share them with others. Just as God placed His Word in Jeremiah’s mouth to call people to God’s commandments and to the covenant, we too are given God’s Word to do the same.
We also share the Word orally. The words we take in are given not only for our lives, but to share with others as well. Perhaps it is with a friend who is struggling or maybe it is with one who is searching for direction or meaning in life. There is a hunger for the Word of God everywhere, even here where access is easy and open. May we who know God make the choice to be diligently in the Word so that we are rich in what we have to share. And may we freely share His Word with all we meet to both uproot and destroy those things that keep us from God and to build up and plant those things that draw us to Him.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 1: 9-10