I am SOOO preaching at myself on this on. Just to let all of you know. Lol.
Why don’t we SPEAK UP?! Huh?
Numero uno reason? Fear.
Fear of what?
Fear of what others will think. Yeah. Pretty lame reason. Let’s look at this… What my peers and others think, versus, what my God and Savior think.
It’s not hard to figure out which way the scale goes.
I was listening to one of my favorite songs today (and am listening to it as I write this post).. and yes I have a lot of favorite songs… “What Life Would Be Like” by Big Daddy Weave.
The last line of the chorus really struck a chord with me; “what would life be like if we let Jesus live through you and me?”
I couldn’t help remember the story about D.L. Moody. When he was young, before he started preaching, he was at a revival, and the preacher said something along the lines of: “The world has yet to see what can be done through a man who has surrendered fully to Christ.” He prayed that night and asked God to make him that man. Right before his death, D.L. Moody said: “This world has yet to see what can be done through a man who is fully surrendered to Christ.”
And yet, what an impact D.L. Moody made. He wanted to be that man, a man after God’s own heart, like David, and his work lasts to this day, and continues to touch people.
One man. One Christian. An amazing life and legacy, all for Christ.
Yet. There are so many Christians today who just sit there. They don’t even try. They laugh at the dirty joke, and move on. I saw a church sign that I really like: “God doesn’t want weekend visitation; He wants full custody.”
Such a thing as a weekend Christian should not, and cannot, exist. If you only burn with that fire on Sunday, or whatever day you worship, than something is wrong. It should be something that keeps you awake at night, praying. Something that makes you spring out of bed and fall to your knees in prayer. Everyday, in every way, living like Christ.
Not the best we can. The best we can is NOTHING. Attempting to do our best is something that destroys us, as believers. Because we are unable to do anything at all. Only God, through us, can accomplish the things of the kingdom. The harder that WE try, the harder it is for God to use us like He desires, to bless us in ways beyond imagination.
When we fully surrender our lives, when Christ is Lord of all (for if He is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. A slightly overused saying, perhaps, but one that is very true to me), then He will shine through us. We won’t be able to sit and do nothing. If the least we can do is speak, then, we will speak. It’s as simple as that. It’s really not all the complicated.
Yet, how complicated we try to make it, don’t we? We try to ‘give it our best shot’ and totally screw it up. Because our best shot, our righteousness, “is but filthy rags.”
The song by Big Daddy Weave in the chorus also says: “He made the lame to walk, the dumb to talk, and He opened blinded eyes to see…”
That is the power of Christ. And that, we all know, isn’t even a true beginning of what our wonderful Lord and Savior can do. If we let Him.
You might say, well, how can I NOT let Him? You try to do YOUR best. And you don’t let God work through you.
Today, as I write this, I’m going to pray, and continue to pray, that I WON’T do my best. That I’ll simply surrender. I’m not going to do nothing. I’m sure I’ll be busier than ever. Because with God working in my life, how can I do anything but speak up, speak out, and respond with action?
I challenge you, and myself to make the same prayer as D.L. Moody: That we want to be that person. That person so on fire. That person totally surrendered. That person who HAS to speak out and can never be silent, for Christ will not allow them.