Christians, Churchgoers and even non-Christians in my side of the world, commonly use this phrase/expression. It is now a cliché. To most people, it means and does nothing. It just a figure of speech and careful observations show it really means and does nothing for the One saying it.
I found this disturbing especially for believers and the Church. How can someone say what God says and it turns out to means nothing and does nothing? That is scary because our entire relationship with God is by faith… Romans 1:17 says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” and with faith comes speaking God’s word over every circumstance … 2nd Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;”
My question is; why is God’s word a cliché’? Why, as a believer would I say God’s word and it would mean nothing and do nothing?
It is a New Testament phrase and it is not expressed like this exactly. It is more like “the grace of God”. See Luke 2:40, Acts 11:23, Romans 16:20, Galatians 2:21. These are just a few. They are all over the New Testament.
We know who God is from the scripture but what is His grace. The word “grace” means many things including being a name but to the Church, two definitions are outstanding;
1. (Christian theology) a state of sanctification by God; the state of one who is under such divine influence.
2. (Christian theology) the free and unmerited favor or beneficence of God
The expression above is used mainly for the second definition and not the first. To put it in a nonprofessional’s term, it is used to believe God for help in achieving success when carrying out a task or achieving a goal/dream.
On my side of the world, it is now a cliché’. So what is a cliché’? A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. The underlined words are key to understanding the purpose of this article.
So the question, can you overuse God’s word?
Is it possible for someone to use God’s word to the extent that it becomes too much?
God and His word are inseparable and so can we assume that someone can have too much of God?
Therefore, what is too much, too little and just right?
I believe with God’s word, it is not the matter of overuse but rather casual and irreverent use. The knowledge of the function of an object is different from the knowledge of how that object performs its functions. For instant everyone knows that a car is meant to transport/move people and goods from one point to another (that does not require learning) but not everyone knows how to drive a car (this requires going to a driving school). Everyone knows what a gun does but not everyone knows how to use one. By now, you understand what I mean.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
2nd Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
“All scripture” and “word of God” are the same thing. The first scripture gives an insight of the Power of God’s word and the second scripture gives an overview of the Purpose of God’s word. Power and Purpose.
Putting together the key words in cliché, that is overused and lack of original thought with these Power and Purpose of God’s word, it will sound like this;
“Overusing the power of God and constantly pursuing the purpose shows lack of understanding of God’s word”
Hmm!!!…this redefinition does not sound right.
So let use casual and irreverent instead of overuse….
“Irreverence towards the power of God and casual pursuit of its purpose shows lack of understanding of God’s word”
Exactly!…this is the right definition.
This is the reason why God’s word “the grace of God or by God’s grace” means nothing and does nothing is because it is spoken irreverently and casually. There is so much disrespect and apathy towards God’s word especially from believers.
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Diligently, prayerful and reverently seek and speak God’s word today and you will witness God’s amazing power and purpose in Jesus name…Amen