Good morning all-
Can you hear the crickets? Weird question I know but I was thinking about how crickets stay silent when a lot of noise is all around them. The minute the noise goes away a beautiful orchestra of chirping begins and the song penetrates every crevice of their habitat. I'm sure you've experienced the sound as most of us have. It got me to thinking. I was able to call an old client yesterday and we picked up right where we left off. She is a Christian and so am I. During one of my visits, she shared with me her passion for Christ. We talked and talked. It was so great! I actually got goose bumps as we spoke.
I confessed that I started this blog and she confessed that God had prompted her to send her writings to a publisher. And the publisher actually wanted to produce it. The only problem, she works full time and her son was facing his senior year in high school. She decided to put it off for a year. Believe me, I will be encouraging her to pick it back up.
During our conversation, she shared with me the story and I shared with her how I started writing after my mom died. This is a way I commune with God and the words that are written are about Him, for Him, and eventually for me and you. This is where my soul meets Jesus and I guess for her writing does exactly the same thing.
My point in this is that Christians weren't sharing there faith. Not the kind of faith that makes you look good in church or around others but real true faith. The kind that shares you are a sinner, no one is perfect, we are flawed and we need a Savior. That faith! It's hard to see that because somewhere down the road we all start keeping secrets behind closed doors and forget to share how Jesus met us at the door saying, "I have taken your sins and made you white as snow." Do you remember when you first felt Jesus? I bet it was during a great time of struggle. If you were saved young, probably not, but eventually you walked away for a period and found Him again, when your will was broken and His became your sanctuary.
We can't be crickets. We can't wait until it's all quiet, one on one, and share with each other the greatness of our God. We must be bold, step out on faith and walk the line by shouting, "We are sinners and Jesus saved us!" The only perfect human being was Jesus. There is no one else. Through our strife and our sin we find our God and that's what people must hear in order to see Him clearly.
Crickets hide behind tires, under fireplaces, along the shadows. Do we want to be crickets? I know I don't. I want to be like the eagle, soaring and speaking of God's greatness. If I have learned anything in this journey, it's that through my awkwardness, Jesus stands beside me. When I believe I'm powerful, He will let me sink until I recognize who He is. I would rather walk in humbleness, confessing my flaws and giving Him the glory than sit in a pile of senseless sand.
The challenge for all of us is to be bold. To cry out to Jesus and ask Him to lead us to Him and to others that need to hear His voice. Crickets hide, warriors defeat! We are in an hour that defines the next generation, let's be bold and bright for Jesus. Don't be afraid to express your flaws, that' how Jesus found you, cleansed you and made you who you are today. We all need to remember that pride will make us fall but humbleness will save nations.
Be well my sisters and remember, crickets are silent right before we squash them. Don't be silent, give Jesus your life and take the call. Risk it, I did and so did my friend and every morning I sit at this computer; I'm reminded of His greatness!
Acts 8:25 NIV
After they had further proclaimed the word of the Lord and testified about Jesus, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages.
1 John 1:3 NIV
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, make us mighty warriors of You. Give us the strength and the boldness we need to proclaim Your name to every nation. Watch over us and make our voices sing that we are sinners and that You met us on the road of destruction. I want women everywhere to know the power of the cross. I want us to be bold and bright for You. I want us to die to our sins, our pride and ourselves and become women that walked in Your Holy Name. We need You Jesus. Help us to throw off the cloaks of deception and to be bold in our lives as You were in Yours. Give us strength to conquer or minds and the images of the world and to live like we are dying. May Your kingdom come dear Jesus and may we be faithful to the call! I'm praying for nations; I'm praying for women! Help us to be one in You, not just today but everyday. In Jesus Name, AMEN