Momentum 2018 – Devotional #1

There’s a shop at the Minneapolis International Airport called “Words”.  It’s a typical bookstore that features the latest in fiction, non-fiction, best-sellers, and more.  It has journals, tools for journaling, and magazines to kill a few hours while you travel.  I stop in when I can.  I love bookstores.  Something about them relaxes me.

Hey, that’s the business I am in!  Words.  I have spent a career communicating to others through the medium of radio and I have used words to do so.  On air.  Off air.  Emails.  Social media.  Memos.  I’m in the Communication business.  I’m using words right now.

I love broadcasting.  For many years, as part of my job, it was my goal to help others say something significant using the fewest words possible.  Sermons are hard for me.  I’m always critiquing.

The words of Jesus Christ are life changing and timeless.  When Jesus spoke, lives were transformed, and the trajectory of life forever altered.

Listen to some of Jesus’ words:

  • Matthew 12:50, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
  • Mark 10:44-45, “And whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
  • Matthew 23:12, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
  • Matthew 4:19, “Come, follow me and I will send you out to fish for people.”
  • Mark 11:24-25, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
  • Matthew 5:11-12, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Jesus rocked words.  He didn’t exaggerate, embellish, or make things seem better than they were.  If he said it, he meant it, and you can believe it.

And scripture tells us how we should use ours:

  • Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
  • Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”
  • Proverbs 12:18 “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
  • Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
  • Proverbs 16:24 “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Today, my prayer for you, is that you will hear the words of Jesus and for whatever he is telling you through scripture, believe it and take it to the bank!

Also, as you spend time with industry friends and colleagues at Momentums, that you would continue to build one another up as you use your words.

Jason Sharp
Sr. Vice President for Media, Northwestern Media
CMB Board Chairman


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