Sunday, January 8th, 2012
We also believe, and therefore speak.
2 Corinthians 4:13 (KJV)
If you are a follower of Christ, the time to speak is now. The past is fuel for the fire of your tongue. Through the life and redemption of Jesus, our tragedies burn to brighten the Holy Spirit within us. Everything we have done and experienced is transformed by God to light our path and shine for others.
Tomorrow does not exist. Our nature leads us to hope and plan for our future, but we cannot know the hour we will meet Jesus Face to face.
Today is our gift--the time in which we must speak our faith. In doing so we honor God, transform our lives, and fulfill our destinies. God presents us with daily opportunities to speak the good news we believe. It may be a simple blessing: 'good morning,' 'have a good day,' 'God bless you,' 'thank you,' or 'let me help you.'
Speaking up can be seizing an opportunity to defend someone from gossip, to give a sincere compliment, or to tell our own stories of miracles and redemption.
Sometimes we remain silent because we fear intimacy or rejection, but God says 'Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent' (Acts 18:9). When we know someone needs a good word, we must give it.
I have felt that pinch in my stomach when I kept quiet at a time God prompted me to speak. Such moments are difficult, even embarrassing. Some of God's most famous prophets did not want to speak up either. They pleaded with God, hid from God, and hid from men, before finally embracing their destiny.
Over and over, Scripture tells us to open our mouths, 'And the Levites shall speak with a loud voice' (Deuteronomy 27:14); 'Then they took an oath before the Lord with a loud voice' (2 Chronicles 15:14). 'For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him' (Mark 8:38).
I admit it is tough for most of us to speak up, especially among those who might not receive our words graciously, but it is our undeniable mission. Shall we be ashamed of our heritage and attempt to blend into the world?
Deny the silence. Speak up.