• James O'Connell

What Are You Broadcasting?


God has wired you to share something with everyone you meet. It’s involuntary. You can’t help it. Sometimes it’s even subconscious, that is, you’re sharing and you don’t even know it. You’re like a radio tower that’s set to a permanent broadcast setting. Don’t believe me?

Luke 6:45

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

So your heart is busying transmitting whatever it’s full of. Apparently you can’t stop it. What you can control is what you put in your heart. We have a mandate to be excellent curators of our heart. When you surrender your life to Jesus, He promised to send His Spirit to not only help you curate, but identify toxic contents that already exist. So we curate and cultivate our hearts with God.

When we do this, God deposits His character in us and we begin to house things like godly joy, peace, goodness, mercy, justice, and more. So guess what we release? Joy, peace, goodness... we release expressions of God. And we do this deliberately and unconsciously.

The danger of this truth is, if our hearts are full of anger, unforgiveness, victimization, sadness, or you name it, that’s what is going to radiate out like a toxic chemical. We may not even realize we are releasing anger. In situations like this, usually we are the last to know. I’ve had people ask me why I was upset and I had no idea I was communicating being upset. I’ve also had people recognize positive things that surprised me too.

So what? Well it’s easy to apply this as a warning to our personal lives and we should. I’d like to take it a step further. When God’s people gather, what’s suppose to happen is a major release of God’s character that bounces off people in the group and everyone walks away encourage... that is the feeling of being fused with a strong dose of God’s character in our spirit. Jesus said that when people who don’t believe in God witness a group of people full of God in their hearts getting together and encouraging one another, they will recognize them as belonging to God and be inspired to become a God lover! This is what normal church is supposed to look like. It’s why the enemy tries so hard to create conflict in the church. One more note, it’s the group that encourages the group, not just one person. When we walk away disappointed with a church meeting it’s usually because we didn’t receive what God was doing or the group’s collective transmission may be more toxic. It’s usuall not because the worship leader didn’t do their job right or the pastor wasn’t on his or her A game.

So go curate and cultivate great things for your heart. Dive into God’s presence and Word. And next time you’re in a group, try to be aware of what your heart is releasing!

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