The power of words.
Before Luke records the first of Jesus’ miracles he draws our attention to the authority of Jesus. As Jesus speaks the man with the unclean spirit is confronted with this authority. Jesus commands the demon to depart and the man is set free.
Do your words as a leader bring freedom to others? Do we fancy ourselves more with catchy phrases, one-liners, or echoes from others or do we aim to speak words of freedom?
Our words have immeasurable power. One word spoken can alter the future of someone. We are cautioned to speak less and listen more (James 1.19). It’s in our listening that the words we eventually speak do so with more authority.
This is the first miracle Luke records and it has to do with Jesus’ authority. From here we see Luke record in verse 37 that reports about Christ travelled into the surrounding region. In other words our words go before us.
Our reputation precedes our arrival.
Most of the time our reputation is explained through others by the words we speak. People will quote you as a leader. We do well to guard the words we speak about others.
Be known more for the words of compassion you speak than the words of criticism. Criticism never built a relationship or ushered in a vision.
Allow me to challenge you to spend the next week focusing on speaking less and listening more.
Be known more as a person who encourages other than someone who degrades.
I’m always amazed at how Jesus handled himself in the crowds. Following the reading from the scrolls he sits down. He doesn’t attempt to fight the naysayers, rather he sits down. Everyone in the synagogue had their eyes fixed on him.
Allow God to raise you up.
Verse 22, tells us that all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. It’s the would be leader who attempts to defend their legacy or leadership that we should avoid.
Leadership is found in the gracious words we speak while in the crowds. Jesus learned to speak grace long before he acted on grace. His words matched his actions.
Later in the same verse those present question Jesus’ heritage. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son,” they ask? In other words, how is this possible? “He is a simple carpenter,” were the whispers floating through the air.
May your leadership be met with those same whispers.
Let it be said of you that God has positioned you for such a time as this. May the essence of your leadership be that of graciousness.
Remember, regardless of your heritage, God is able to exalt you to greater places of leadership. Don’t allow your past to upset your potential.
Make it a point to speak words of grace to others.
How are you matching the words you speak to the action you desire?