Sometimes I wonder how often we pause to evaluate the words we use on a daily basis. Especially as Christians, we use a range of terms that most others do not use in everyday life. No, it’s not that we have better vocabularies. It’s just that we have become so comfortable with using “Christianese” that we forget the true meaning behind the words. Unfortunately, we also forget how to evangelize without throwing half a dozen of these words into our conversations.
And let’s face it; some of these words are frightening. Words like servant, sacrifice, worship, and surrender don’t necessarily conjure up the warm and fuzzies, especially if you have no idea what the context is. People who were not raised in the church aren’t familiar with this particular brand of Christian jargon. And honestly, I wonder how many people who were raised in the church have taken the time to break down what each of these words means to our walks with Christ.
Jarrid Wilson has written a daily devotional entitled 30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us, which does exactly that.
Regardless of whether you’ve been Christian your entire life or you’re really not too sure about this Jesus Christ guy, 30 Words is a great place to start. Challenge what you think you know about Christianity by going back to the basics. Guaranteed, by the end of each day, you’ll have a lot more to think about than just elementary Christianity.
I know what you’re thinking: “sounds great, but I don’t have TIME to read.” And I totally get it. Especially as women, we are constantly moving, planning, scheduling, picking kids up, working, studying, cleaning, cooking, creating, and relaxing (or trying to). One of the terrific elements about 30 Words is that it isn’t going to take you hours to read each day’s segment. You could easily read it between classes, while you wait to pick the kids up from school, or in ten minutes by yourself before the day starts.
Each day is broken into about 1–1 ½ pages. These seemingly small devotionals pack a punch that will give you something to think about for the rest of the day. Your spiritual journey cannot take a hit due to business.
Take 30 days to challenge your faith. Thirty small single words can alter your perspective, your attitude, and your understanding. Take the journey.