“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7
Typically, when it comes to speaking with other Christians, I assume that everybody else is spiritually much stronger than me. So when they’re making a point, even if it’s something that makes me cringe a little on the inside, I tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. I always just assumed that they knew more than me and if they felt led to speak it was because God had said to.
Lately, though, God has been getting a bit of a bad rap among my friends and acquaintances. I’ve heard people saying that they won’t associate or speak to homosexuals because they’re going to hell anyway, I’ve heard people saying that only one certain version of the Bible counts and all others are false Bibles (and no, his ‘true’ version is not the Hebrew or Greek of the original verses. Huh.)…..I’ve been hearing all kinds of things. I’ve even heard someone say that they don’t pay attention to unsaved people – even when those non-believers are directly speaking to him – because they need to get saved first. And just how are they supposed to get saved I wonder, when the Christian who could be preaching the good news is ignoring them? If Jesus ignored the unsaved Christianity wouldn’t even exist! Sheesh! But I digress.
Anyway, lately, I’ve been moved to speak about it (instead of just blogging a rant about it). I will admit, I get an indignant reaction on God’s behalf, and often want to jump right into the fray. But God tempers that spirit in me, and reminds me to seek Him in prayer first. And so my actual responses end up being what God wants me to say. And I actually say them. Me. Me who sat in Bible studies and church circles completely silent for hours on end, letting everybody else speak. ME! TALKING! Not just talking, but talking even when it’s outside of the norm of the conversation. Advocating, if you will.
And it’s amazing. I always fear the worst, that I’ll make people mad or lose friends, and it never happens. Maybe if I were using my own arguments it would happen. But as it is, it doesn’t. God’s word wins over people and changes hearts. In ways you never dream will happen. Score one for team Jesus!! And thanks Jesus for filling me with the boldness and confidence to speak your words!! And thanks for filling me with enough of a God-seeking spirit to get the words You want me to say!!