What Goes in Will Come Out

When I was in high school one of the dumb things I participated in {sadly, there were many} was seeing how far we could make ketchup soar when stomping on the end of a ketchup packet as we loitered in the local McDonald's parking lot.

What goes in will come out.

Put pressure on that little white packet; stomp hard and ketchup will fly.

What goes in will come out.

How about you? When you're stomped on or when the pressures are great what flies out of you?

What goes in will come out.

The other day a man I highly respect [due to his walk with the Lord] told me of his recent experience of being berated by another Christian. He was being stomped on. The pressure was great. I inquired what his reaction and his response to the harsh treatment was. He simply said this, "I listened, I smiled. When they were done, I walked away without saying a word."

What goes in will come out.

I have a particular dis-ease...perhaps you've heard of it...maybe you're plagued with it as well. It could be you know someone else who suffers from the same dis-ease as me. The symptoms, the precursors, they vary when the indicators of what's about to inflict me come roaring into my life. If there's a scientific name for this dis-ease I'm ignorant to it. The dis-ease? I call it the

I-NEED-TO-BE-HEARD dis-ease.

Sometimes it's combined with the I-HAVE-A-RIGHT-TO-BE-HEARD dis-ease. These dis-eases cause an incredible amount of un-ease in a Christian's life. Neither is good, therefore, they should not be evidenced in a Christian's life. And yet, these two dis-eases show up often and cause a great deal of unease when the symptoms hit. I have been convicted and challenged by the Holy Spirit to get immunized from these two dis-eases.

A S.L.O.W. Livin' life [see Nov. 4, '14 blog] requires observing God's commands and walking in all His ways. His way says a believer, a Christian, a born again, saved, disciple of Jesus has one right. It's a right not taken by you or by me; it's a right given by Holy God. " Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the RIGHT to become children of God" John 1:12

I don't have the right to be heard nor do I need to be heard. The day I surrendered my heart and my will to Jesus I also gave Him permission to change me. If what goes in must come out is true then before I need to be heard or feel I have a right to be heard I must be reminded that the only right I have is the one God gave me when He adopted me as His daughter into His family. I have the right to be called His child because He says I'm His child...not because of anything I have done. As a daughter of the King of kings I need to take an inventory of what's getting in so that the right stuff comes out.

What goes in will come out.

As believers we have the privilege of reading His Word; the obligation to not conform to this world's patterns; the call to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. How?

"When Your Words came I ate them, they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear Your Name, O Lord, God Almighty." Jeremiah 15:16 Becoming a follower of the Word requires the Word getting put in. When the Word goes in then it must come out. The man who responded well to that berating feasts on God's Word. This man didn't have the right to be heard; he didn't feel the need to be heard. I imagine that his silent, calm demeanor was louder than any spoken word would have been. This man taught me that what goes in will come out.

One of my favorite pieces of art is a painting of a little girl about 5 or 6 years old. A book sits on her lap, a page is torn out and she holds it in her hands with a bite out of the corner. On the page is written this: you are what you eat. After closer inspection of the book on her lap you can see it says Holy Bible on the cover. "When your Words came I ate them..." She has a peaceful, calm presence as she's eating the page. "... they were my joy and my heart's delight..."As the girl holds the Bible and eats the page she is sitting on a pile of fruit...fruit is spilling out from under her body."

What goes in will come out. "...for I bear Your Name, O Lord, God Almighty."

As Christians we wear the name of Jesus. But we also bear His Name. That means to hold it up. Others will see the fruit piling up all around you as you wear and bear the Name of Jesus. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control coming out of you will be evidence that you've feasted on His Word. After all,

What goes in will come out!