Romans 10:9-10: “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

It was customary in the Roman world to declare that Caesar is Lord. To say and believe that Jesus is Lord went directly against the Roman Empire and what they stood for. People had to suffer the consequences for being outspoken. Courageous people died for their faith in Jesus back then, and it still happens today depending on the political situation of a country.

Courage is needed to stand up for what is right, but we also need wisdom to say the right things at the right time. There is no benefit in digging in our heels. This will increasingly isolate us from the rest of the world and further alienate us from people who question us. The goal is to find the language to express our thoughts in a way that people can relate to – just as Jesus did when He was questioned by His contemporaries.

To put Him on the spot, Jesus was asked in public to voice His opinion on paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar. Following is His reaction (Matthew 22:18-22):

“But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, ‘Whose image is this? And whose inscription?’

‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.

Then he said to them, ‘So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’

When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.”

This is as straightforward as it gets. Jesus did not mince the words. He called the people asking Him this loaded question ‘hypocrites’; and at the same time His answer speaks to the hearts of all parties involved.

The goal is to never lose interest in other people’s opinions and to be transparent enough to be believable. Jesus had conversations with people from every walk of life. He was free from prejudice and preconceived notions. He spoke with the rich and the poor, the destitute and the well-to do, the religious experts, and the nobodies of His time. He addressed every person with tact and spoke in a language they all could understand.

It seems to be a human tendency to form clubs and create subcultures instead of stepping out to meet people where they are and keep the doors open for ongoing conversation. When opposing parties have stopped talking, the sound of silence can be deadly. On the other hand, keeping the dialogue going without defenses up and without trying to win the argument is a truly worthy objective.

Let’s ask God for empathy to be able to relate, for patience to hear people out and for plenty of wisdom to keep the communication flow up and running. This is exactly what Jesus did when He was on Earth – what better way to declare His lordship than by doing the same?

Hebrews 1, 1-2: “Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.”

Let’s be honest: there are times when we feel God is a million miles away, and during such times we’re not even sure He speaks into our lives. If we feel this way we need to remember that generation after generation God has never been silent. He is actually way too passionate about us to not try to get our attention. And He has done so in various ways. Yes, we have a God who communicates! He has shared the truth with us for as long as there have been people. And while times have changed, truth never did. Neither did God.

We are all familiar with upgrades. Technology is always improving, and it has affected the way we communicate. The invention of the telephone (not to mention wireless phones) connected us globally and revolutionized human communication. Remember the snail mail? Remember how long it took to get a letter from one continent to another? Letters had to be shipped. And if your letter happened to be on a ship that never made it to the harbor you had to send another one. Long distance communication was difficult to say the least.

If cellphones and computers revolutionized human communication, how much more did divine communication improve with the arrival of God’s Son on planet Earth? It is so much easier for us humans to grasp God’s message of love by just observing the life of His Son Jesus. Jesus walked the talk. He is called “The Word” for a reason. In Him God’s Word became flesh and bones. Whatever God has been trying to say through His prophets throughout the centuries is now plain to see in His Son. The difference in communication is like night and day – similar to shipping an important letter to a distant country versus using a telephone. The question is: have we picked up the phone yet? Do we give God the time of day and lend Him an ear? That’s for you and me to decide. However, if we do pick up the phone and let God speak into our lives, good things are going to happen. Our lives will never be the same.

God speaks to us through His Son. How wonderful is that!