Recently a member of a church service I attended stormed out after the message. “Huh! Even I could do better than that.” He boasted this loudly for all to hear.
The speaker was in good company. Jesus had the same big mouths in his congregations.
When Jesus was teaching in the temple, the chief priests, scribes and Sadducees heckled him with smart aleck questions. They collaborated on ways to interrupt and disrupt and dispute his teaching authority. (See Luke 20:1)
“Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority (Luke 20:2, NIV)?”
Folks, if you know so much and you are so wise, why aren’t you up there or out there, speaking for Jesus! Big mouth—small shoes.
We think our ‘clever’ comments go unnoticed but someone is looking and listening. Our words won’t stay hidden forever. Shame follows exposure.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and lay bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13, NIV).
Prayer- Lord, we have such big mouths and they couldn’t begin to fill the shoes of those who speak for you. Help us think of what foolishness we are blabbing before we are so crass as to speak it aloud. Amen.