We Cannot Be Silent

The Cost of Silence {When You Look the Other Way}

We Cannot Be Silent

How many times has God asked you to do something and you didn’t do it? I cannot count how many times I have ignored a calling or a sense of knowing I should do this or that. Many times, it is over small things believe it or not, it is actually much easier for me to do “big” things feeling led by the Holy Spirit than to do small things like show grace or mercy to someone. Weird, I know.

The thing is, we don’t see the bigger picture. Sometimes, we don’t see why God is calling us to do this or that. I mean, we see our jobs, we see how hard we have worked, we see what it takes to do our jobs day in and day out and keep them going to provide for our family. That’s what we see.

God sees a specific purpose for your life, a crafting of your spirit and an inner working deep inside of you, anointing you for exactly where you are right now in this moment even if it is only to get you ready for the next moment.

Follow me on this one…

Think about this, what if you were placed in a specific location at a specific time to see a wrongdoing that you could make right? What if you were placed in this place, in this time to encourage someone who is falling apart? What if you were placed in this place, in this time to lead a movement? A new idea? A new creative process? A revolution?

And, what if you said no?

What if that thing you just refused to say was your purpose? What if that person you were suppose to help was your calling?

Do you feel that fire inside of you? That is not yesterday’s burritos, that’s the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a fire inside of you, leading you, prompting you and getting you ready for such a time as this but what happens when you pour water on the fire and back down? What happens when the moment passes and you can feel you missed an opportunity? What happens when you try to put the fire out for the sake of keeping your job or fitting in?

What is the cost of silence?

In Esther 4:12-14 Mordecai is speaking to Esther and he says, “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent, at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”

Church,

What have we become? We were made to be warriors, we have the fire of the Holy Spirit inside of us, we have the victor, the conquer, the King inside of us yet we back down, we look the other way, we don’t want to take the risk of standing up for what is right. We allow society to shape our theology, we get quiet when challenged and we act like we don’t see the wrongdoing happening right in front of our faces even though we HAVE BEEN called for such a time as this.

It is not happenstance that you are alive right now, that you were born in this time period. Your existence is purposeful not accidental. We cannot be silent. Jesus was not silent, he did not look the other way, he did not spend more of his time “talking” about healing than actually healing. If Facebook were around back in that day, I highly doubt he would spend his days venting on it rather than actually looking into the eyes of people and being change. It is far better to be change than to talk about change, my friends. 

Because the cost of silence is everything. We lose everything.

This is not a political post. This is a post about real life about right now. Esther was born to save the Jews, she was born for it and she did not even know it. Look at what Mordecai said though, “relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place…” If you miss it, God will still do it, he will just have to use someone else to do it. But, he also says something else, “…For if you remain silent, at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.” 

The cost of silence is everything. When you ignore the Holy Spirit over and over again, the voice gets smaller and your spirit begins to dry up. You will pay a price for standing up for what is right but you will also pay a price for doing nothing. Either way, you will pay.

If you feel like you’ve missed it, pray and repent and ask God to use you. He will. If you’re sitting there reading this though and you feel the call, the fire, don’t just sit-do. Do what God has equipped you to do, go forward and be the change this world needs. Stand up for what is right, do not back down. The world does not need more Christian cowards, the world needs Christian warriors.

Be who God has called you to be and be that without question, without doubt. Stand up, stand out. Speak up and do not be silent, the price is too great.

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