As someone who works at Amazon, I come across thousands of products weekly. Some of these units I have to examine, investigate or test. Due to the bizarre nature of some or unusual name of others, I am tempted by sarcasm. Without any type of a filter, I may blurt out something comical, funny or witty. Despite how humorous my comments may be from time to time, what I say isn’t always what God wants others to hear.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect, Romans 12:2.
I can’t speak for other people, but I tend to go through various stages of conviction. When I am in tune with God, my spiritual antennas are heightened. This usually results in obeying God. The rest of the year I experience weeks when I am numb, aimlessly wondering through life like Israel in the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. This stage produces periods of coarse joking and sarcasm, as I lose my direction and vision for life. If I allow apathy to reign, this is where I lose control of my vocabulary, letting loose words slip.
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5.
As I have fallen into bad habits, the Lord reminded me of this verse above. Frustrated by my current state, I tried to apply taking my thoughts captive. What I learned is that what was funny to me last week, isn’t funny to God. Thus, as I performed my daily responsibilities, keeping my mouth shut was tough, much harder than I thought. Although I blurted out a few sarcastic responses, taking every thought captive requires extreme discipline. While I don’t have the ability to be perfect, in my own weakness to do and say the right thing, Jesus can be strong. Therefore, I press on forgetting my past to focus on the future so that God’s sanctifying grace will make me whole. In the meantime, make sure the words you utter reflect the compassion, grace and love of Jesus.
by Jay Mankus