Regurgitate – repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it.
There seems to be a popular trend going around. I am seeing more frequently people posting, tweeting, and speaking things that they have heard someone else say, or sharing things that someone else posted. That’s one of the great things about how far we have advanced technologically as a society. Thanks to social media, something that I post here in America can be shared, with a simple click of a mouse, anywhere in the world. Before you know it, one can have thousands of likes, comments, and shares; even though he/she was not the originator of the content, just a Regurgitator.
The Days of The Great Regurgitators
My concern is that we aren’t just regurgitating what we’ve heard, but that we are actually reading, studying, researching, and learning for ourselves, comprehending it before we try to push it on someone else. This is especially important for Believers, we can’t just go to church, hear a great word or watch a great sermon on YouTube, then go and regurgitate everything that we heard and expect people to be as receptive as we’d like. That’s not how it works. People want to SEE the Word in action. People want to SEE us living the life that we are talking about. Besides, God is not calling us to be cheap carbon copies. We are Designer’s Originals and we should act accordingly.
Ask yourself this: Would you take investment advice from a person who has never invested? Would you take advice on purchasing a car from a person who has never driven a car and who knows nothing about cars? Would you take employment advice from a person who has never had a job? Would you allow a person who has never been to medical school to perform a major surgery on you? Would you receive counsel on relationships from a person who cannot maintain a relationship? I would hope not!
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).
I really believe a BIG part of the reason people don’t take the “Church” serious is because we want to spread this Word that we’ve heard, and we stop there. Perhaps we are more concerned with people following us than we are with showing them how to follow Christ…
Let the world SEE the Word at work in us, in our lives, in our interactions. Let’s stop settling for just being Great Regurgitators.
And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred (Mark 4:20 KJV).
I wholeheartedly believe there’s a greater level of glory upon the person who is not just speaking the Word, but who has revelation of the Word, who studied it, and one who has experience. How do we accomplish this? We study God’s Word, and we meditate on it. We pray the Word. Then when we face tests and trials, that’s the time to use what we’ve learned from the Word and apply it to those situations. Once we pass those tests, think of how effective our witness will be because we’ve “walked the walk,” and we’re not just talking.
Does that mean that we can’t witness now? No, we should witness as often as possible, but let’s speak about what we know. We should speak about what we’ve experienced and that which we ourselves have studied. Let’s speak about that which the Lord has given us deeper revelation through His word. Even if we may not know as much as another, that does not make our witness any less effective. The key is to continue seeking Him and learning of His ways for ourselves, and our knowledge will increase from thirty, to sixty, and eventually to a hundredfold revelation. We have to remain patient with ourselves and grow at the rate we grow. Trying to step out prematurely can be detrimental to us and the message we are trying to share.
So, That Settles It. The world doesn’t need anymore Great Regurgitators. We are better than that. The world is looking for the Believers who know and possess the Spirit of the True and Living God. Get to know Him for yourself, then run and tell the world about the God you serve. O, what an impact, and a greater level of Grace upon those who not only speak, but live the Word.