My family has been going through so many changes lately. All good changes but gosh, they really get to the heart of things and stir up areas that you never knew were a problem.
For example, not only have we been spiritually cleaning our home but we’ve also greatly limited what is watched on TV, what books are read, what is allowed on iPods, game stations and the like and what friends or family we allow to influence us. We are doing this even more so now than we have in the past. You see, we’ve prayed over and over to hear His voice. We want to know for sure that we are following Him and not simply following the latest trend, or author, or person we admire. We want to follow Him.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
Too often we get caught up in our “world” and we begin to follow its leaders instead of our Father’s voice.
My extended family lives an hour away so every time we visit them we have to travel on a busy interstate congested with Baton Rouge traffic. If you have ever been to Baton Rouge then you know what I am talking about. On the way home there are a couple of splits and it never fails, there is always traffic idling, bumper to bumper, in the far right lane while the left lane is moving fast. And can I tell you there is no one in the center lane?! The center lane goes to both sides of the split yet hardly anyone goes down the center lane. We call the people sitting in the right lane “sheeple” as we fly past them. They just follow a leader not knowing that faster moving freedom is just a few feet away in the center lane.
This one incident happening over and over has prompted many conversations with our boys about thinking for themselves. In this day and age we have too many people telling us what to think instead of how to think (tweet this). We blindly follow people we admire or trust because it is easier than figuring it out ourselves. This is dangerous.
Be careful what you are believing from the pulpit. Be careful what you are “liking” on Facebook. Be careful who you are promoting and sharing. Whether they are a good friend or not. It doesn’t matter. People are human. We make mistakes. We go through seasons in life, good and bad. When others blindly follow us in our mistakes it can have eternal consequences. At the end of this lifetime we will have to account for every sheep that chose to follow us so we need to make sure we are leading them to Him (tweet this). It would also serve our Father well to drop to our knees in prayer for those we see making mistakes. They are dearly loved by Him too. We are to walk in and serve one another in love.
but don’t be silenced.
Don’t hesitate to stand up for what you believe in. Don’t be bullied into being quiet. The world will tell you your voice is just a whisper and it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Maybe they are right. In this world your voice may not be heard but I promise you that someone is listening to the cries of your heart. Your Father hears your every word. Don’t just throw your hands up and surrender to this world because we are the minority. When we get to heaven, where it really matters, we will be the majority.
When Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the desert He spoke truth to combat the enemy. He didn’t remain quiet. When those money changers were making a den of robbers out of the temple Jesus did not just walk past and say, oh well, that is just how it is in this day and age. When the pharisees attempted to prove Him wrong He used His Father’s word to speak truth to them. He walked in love but He did not do nothing. And His Father, Our Father, was pleased (Mark 1:11).
At this point I would love to break out into a rockin’ rendition of Natalie Grant’s “I Will Not Be Moved” but I’ll spare you the experience. If you’d ever heard me sing you’d thank me. Instead, I leave you with this…
Seek Him. Think for yourself. Don’t be quiet. Walk in love. Listen to His voice!
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:13