People love to talk! I’m one of them. My grades in elementary school were always excellent, with the exception of conduct. I didn’t act out in class, no Altoria would not have offered affirmation for that, however, my conduct challenges were a result of my talking in class. I couldn’t help myself. I always had something to say. Honestly, that hasn’t much changed. I was struck while reading a few weeks ago where in March 7:36 the scripture reads, “Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.” I thought, Jesus would have been speaking to me. I suppose the people couldn’t help it. Here Jesus was healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and casting out demons and the people were told to not tell anyone? Seems crazy right? Yet, that sentiment is no longer prevalent in society. In fact, not only as believers do we not share the goodness of the Lord as much as we possibly can, but we don’t listen as well as we should when it’s before our very eyes.
Why? What happened? Is God not performing miracles to this very hour? Yes. He. Is. However, its almost as though if we share, God will take something of ours in order to share with someone else, as though he is not the owner of cattle on a thousand hills. There are enough blessings of God to as we used to say as a child, “to go around the world and back again! Or is it perhaps that we are afraid of what others will say? While we are testifying of the goodness of the Lord, will folks fixate on the trial as opposed to the triumph? To that I offer, the screw face. Jesus went to Calvary so that we could live free. Each time we accept someone’s criticism, we are rejecting Jesus’ crucifixion.
We can combat criticism by arming ourselves with not only the Word of God, but the proclamation of the blessings of God. For every situation we face, we can speak! I’m not talking about naming and claiming. We can change the atmosphere simply by speaking aloud what God is doing. We should talk about what he is doing in the life of our marriages, other relationships, our children, our jobs, our ministry. We should talk about answered prayer. Often, we box the blessings of God because we don’t want people “all up in our business.” I’m not suggesting that we provide every detail. Definitely pray and ask God for discernment in that consideration; yet we shouldn’t assume that our sharing will not encourage someone else in this journey. Countless times, I’ve been blessed by the transparency of others. It’s actually rather divine to consider that God loves us so much that he provides a tangible Word to take hold to simply by someone’s obedience to open their mouth and share.
We have no problem talking about what’s happening with our favorite shows on television, occurrences in the actual, “reality,” or the latest trends. And yet there are others who live in different parts of the world who are persecuted for simply having a Bible in their possession, forget sharing a scripture from it. God is good! I will speak of his goodness toward me and my house. He has been my healer, my deliverer, my confidant, my protector, my financial adviser (even though I haven’t always been a good pupil), my strength and my redeemer. As believers, we cannot allow a single day to pass without telling someone of his goodness. And our praise mustn’t be contained to Resurrection weekend, because God resurrects something in our lives on a daily basis. I’m grateful for grace! Jesus instructed many who he healed to not share the miracles he performed. However, that is no longer our command or his expectation. Read Psalm 107:1-3 whereby it is written:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
What is your story? Whatever the cost for sharing it, know that the price was paid at Calvary! I have truly been blessed over the last week to the song, “Grace” by Tasha Cobbs. It really gets me at 4:03. The grace of God enables me to tell of his goodness. It enables me to tell of the struggles I’ve had but more importantly how he continues to sustain me through everything! If I were in class, I’d surely receive a markdown for talking about Him. That’s just one grade I’d have to live with because not talking is not an option. Bring on the F. I’ll just say my F stands for Favor!