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Communication Matters

Clear, edifying communication is the lifeblood of a believer's walk with God and work with people. Not all communications are so helpful. In the book "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork", author John Maxwell gives this example of communications gone haywire. It is a series of memos on a college campus:

The president wrote to the Academic VP: Next Thursday Halley's Comet will appear over this area. This is an event which occurs only once every 75 years. Call the Division Heads and have them assemble their professors and students on the athletic field and explain this phenomenon to them. If it rains, then cancel the observation and have the classes meet in the gym to see a film about the comet.
The Academic VP wrote to the Division Chairmen: By order of the President, next Thursday Halley's Comet will appear over the athletic field. If it rains, then cancel classes and report to the gym with your professors and students where you will be shown films, a phenomenal event which occurs every 75 years.
The Division Chairman wrote to the Professors: By order of the Phenomenal President, next Thursday Halley's Comet will appear in the gym. In case of rain over the athletic field the President will give another order, something which occurs every 75 years.
The Professor wrote to the Students: Next Thursday the President will appear in our gym with Halley's Comet, something which occurs every 75 years. If it rains the President will cancel the comet and order us all out to our phenomenal athletic field.
The Student wrote to the Parents: When it rains next Thursday over the athletic field, the phenomenal 75-year-old President will cancel all classes and appear before the whole school in the gym accompanied by Bill Halley and the Comets.

We can all laugh at the messed up communications in this case, but communications in a relationship with God, a marriage, a family, a workplace, or a friendship can really be a big deal. The Scriptures are not silent regarding this important aspect of our lives. We know that our God is a communicating God. He communicates through His creation. Romans 1:20 says: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:". God is a God of revelation. He has revealed Himself through His word, the Bible, a most clear testimony of who He is. It is clear that God values communication.
Knowing all this, how are we to communicate? We will take up this question next time.

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