One of the underlying assumptions of communication is that the message that is sent is the same one that is received. A state of incongruence exists when there is a discrepancy in the meaning of the sender’s message and the way it is interpreted by the receiver.
During World War II the military used abbreviated forms of communication such as Roger- Wilco. To signal that a message had been received, a radio operator would say “Roger,” and to indicate that the appropriate action would be taken, he would say “Wilco”—the abbreviated form of “will comply.”
As of April 23, 2013, a total of 6,001,500,000 copies of the Bible have been printed in 451 different languages. These statistics are evidence that God’s message has been received, so we can say “Roger.”
The question is: Can you say “Wilco?” Will you comply with God’s message?
Let me suggest 10 items to start you down the path of compliance:
- Three Things to Continue in:
Love (John 15:9)
Prayer (Romans 12:12; Colossians 4:2)
Truth (2 Timothy 3:14)
- Three Ways to Live:
Live peacefully (Romans 12:18)
Live anxiety free (1 Corinthians 7:28-35)
Live lust free (1 Peter 4:2)
- Three Things to Put off (Colossians 3:8):
Put off anger
Put off malice
Put off filthy conversation
The last one is the most important on this list, and it is from the lips of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).” The only way a person gets to Heaven is by accepting Jesus as their Savior.
Roger-Wilco: Will you comply?