The world around us needs a visible and verbal witness of the joyous reality of the Christ-filled life. That has always been true for every time and for every season, but especially now. We live in a time of ever-increasing spiritual darkness and moral decadence. If the people of God continue to remain quiet and hidden, the future of our nation grim. However, so many times, we choose to just get by, hoping not to bring attention to ourselves; especially when it comes to making an open declaration of the truth by which profess we live.
Here is the hard truth: Christ requires that we be seen and heard by a world that is watching and weighing all that we do and say. We simply don’t have the option to choose withdrawal and silence. We were called to make a difference. This is an essential truth of God’s plan that we must accept and pursue. He has established and anointed us to be His messengers, declaring the Yes of Christ to a hurting, desperate world (2 Cor. 1-4). What an honor!!
In Matt. 28:18-20, Christ gave us our matching orders, our main directive, for us as His people to seek to accomplish. We have been called to be His witnesses, to live out and shout out His life-transforming truth to all who would see – to all who will listen.
Prayer Emphasis: As you read through Luke 14:1-6, notice how Jesus fully understood and accepted that He was being watched “carefully.” Pray for the same boldness He displayed to not only speak words of healing but also words of challenge.
One Sabbath, when He went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching Him carefully.
And behold, there was a man before Him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the
lawyers and Pharisees, saying “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?”
But they remained silent. Then He took him and healed him and sent him away.
And He said to them, “Which of you, having a son or on ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day,
will not immediately pull him out?”
And they could no reply to these things.