We try to create clear and compelling phrases that will result in life transformation for those we lead. Sermons, team huddles, whatever it might be, words matter to us. And there is nothing wrong with that.
To an extent.
Where it gets messy is when our words become more delightful to us than God’s. When our heart’s desire is to spend less time listening to God’s voice and spend more time attempting to craft what we want to say. Here’s the difficult truth…
Three Signs Your Delighting in Your words more than God’s.
1. You begin speed dating God.
When we’d rather talk about God than hear from God, we might be more in love with making disciples than being a disciple.
2. God is beginning to bore you.
Can I ask you an honest question? Here it comes…
Does God bore you? I know that’s a tough question to answer, well at least honestly. However, if you are starting to realize that the person of Jesus is beginning to bore you, then you’ll start to delight in your words more than His. It’s the reality of our hearts. We don’t really spend consistent time listening to people who bore us. The Presidential race confirms this truth (Lord help us!).
Most followers of Jesus would probably say, “Of course not! Jesus could never bore me.” However, here is my next question.
If we looked at how you spent your time, would it indicate otherwise?
Think about it for a second. How you spend your time indicates what excites you. It reveals what you care about. When was the last time you watched only 15 minutes of your favorite tv show on Netflix? Or stayed for only the 1st quarter at your favorite sporting event? You wouldn’t do that. On the contrary, you would leave wanting more.
I say that with a broken heart, because that’s what God told me a few months ago. One morning I was in Starbucks spending my First 15 with God and as I was reading, I felt something was emotionally off.
My heart wasn’t excited about what I was reading and mostly doing it in general. I wanted to jump into work mode and get ahead on a few projects. However, in that moment God gave me enough clarity to ask Him this question…
Why is it difficult to spend time with you? His response…
“Because I bore you.”
Ouch. That one hurt a little. However, I pushed passed the pain and asked for clarity. To the best of my knowledge His response was…
“You’ve lost your awe of me and need to find it again.”
Over time I had lost my awe of God. It’s wasn’t a complete loss and I wasn’t having a spiritual crisis. I still loved God and knew He loved me. It was this small shift in my heart where the pursuit of knowing God was becoming old hat. I needed to awaken the wonder of God within me again. So I spent time repenting, remembering, thanking, praising, and listening.
The result was my heart changed. My heart wanted more of him and not less.
3. Your heart gives more attention to your words.
Let that sink in for a moment. When we begin to delight more in our words, God’s voice becomes harder and harder to distinguish from our own. This isn’t punitive. It’s a natural result of our hearts drifting away from him. As the Holy Spirit indwells us, it’s our role to continually give up control, and listen to what He says for our lives.
When our heart gives increased attention to our words, we need to make sure it’s not replacing the joy found in God’s. It’s not either or. It’s simply making sure our delight is found in hearing from the Father above speaking for Him.
What about you?
What would you add to the list? How do you know that your heart is beginning to delight in your word’s more than God’s? Would love to hear your thoughts.