Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Be Faithful to Deliver the Message

Many times the bible says God sent prophets and the people refused to listen (see Jer 35:15; 2Ch 24:19; Jer 7:13; 2Ch 36:15-16; Luk 13:34). We may think if that happens to us that we are unsuccessful in ministry.  However, God has a different perspective on success than we do.  

Have you ever noticed that health food restaurants have a hard time succeeding?  The bible, the media, doctors, and many voices cry out to eat healthily yet the general society turns a deaf ear for the most part.  

This is similar to delivering the Word of the Lord.  When God breathes a message into you, don't expect it to be welcomed with open arms. Don’t expect many people to get excited about the message.   In fact, be ready to be persecuted for it. 

Jesus told us that persecution arises for the Word's sake!

And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
(Mar 4:17)

When God commissions you with a message, be faithful to deliver that message.  Even if you get killed for it.  When God inspires you with passion - it is more than just a good idea. You will be so on fire that it will be your hill to die on.  Jeremiah said the word of God was as a fire shut up in his bones.  He had to preach despite all the persecution. 

Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.
(Jer 20:9)

Many prophets were killed for delivering the message God had them deliver (see Romans 11:3;  1 Kings 19:10; Matthew 23:35; Nehemiah 9:26).  Jesus tells us to be faithful unto death and God will give us a crown! 

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
(Rev 2:10)

If God has a message for you to deliver. Deliver it. Leave the results up to God.  Our concern is being faithful to do what the Lord has for us to do. 

Our goal is to hear the words “Well done!” (Matt 25:21) on that day!  

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