God’s Poets

12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified (Romans 2).

The word “doers” here is the same word used in Acts 17:28, where Paul was reasoning with the philosophers on Mars Hill in Athens.  But there it is translated poet: “as even some of your own poets have said….”  So, interestingly enough, a doer is like a poet.  And what did a poet do in Paul’s day?  He stood in front of a crowd and offered words to those who would listen.  The easy part was for the crowd simply to sit and listen and either embrace the words or reject them; the hard part was for the poet to stand alone before the crowd and put himself out there, to lay himself bare before men in order to reach down into their souls and put truth there.

A doer of the Law is someone whose life is “put out there” to speak the truth of God’s ways to those who would listen.  A life conformed to God’s ways (His Laws) cannot help but speak the truth of those ways through word and deed.

Lord, make us Your Poets This Day.  May the truth of the ways You have put into our hearts penetrate the very souls of those who see and hear us.  Amen.