When I talk to children I instruct them in the way I want them to go. For instance, instead of saying, “Don’t leave your plate on the table,” try “Please put your plate in the dishwasher.” Instead of “Don’t throw your clothes on the floor,” say “Please put your clothes in the laundry basket.”
Plant in their minds the action you want them to take.
Jesus’ words direct people toward the action He desires from them. When He called the disciples He said, “Follow me” (John 1:43). Healing the invalid, He said, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (John 5:8). He instructed the blind man to “Go . . . wash in the Pool of Siloam” (John 9:7).
When we believe in Jesus Christ, we become children of God. Since we are God’s children, Christ speaks directly to us through the Holy Spirit. He makes His directions clear, and His instructions to us will line up with His cross. Christ will always point us towards His cross. He will ask us to align our actions with His actions of sacrifice and commitment to God. Then He will direct His Spirit to teach us “all things and . . . remind [us] of everything” (John 14:26) that He has said to us.
Jesus applies straight talk to our lives through the Spirit. He tells us to forgive one another, love one another and treat one another with kindness. When Jesus speaks to us, He plants in our minds the actions He wants us to take to glorify God in the world.
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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.
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