God’s Word: Luke 12:49-59
God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)
Do you want to start a fire? Then speak up for Me. The world is where it is today because those, who claimed to be My followers, kept quiet and let sin get a foothold. Evil cannot proliferate without permission of the people. Don’t be shaking your head at the “adult-only shops” or the evil in print, on the TV and in theaters daily. It is there because you gave your permission. Yes, YOU—gave your permission. What? You say you didn’t give your permission. Oh yes you did! You gave your complete permission when you did “nothing” about it starting.
You failed to start a fire when you should have! Back when the evil was just beginning you failed to address it and stop it in its tracks. For fear of offending someone or being personally rejected, you just kept quiet. You turned your head the other way and allowed it to happen. You have no one to blame but yourself. I hear you say “Why is the world so evil—murder and robbery and abuse and drugs and sex run rampant.” Look in the mirror! You will see the culprit. It is you!
Jesus came to the earth to start a fire of change. He set into motion a plan to change everything by turning everything right side up. Instead you have chosen to smooth everything over and give everyone the freedom to do evil. But evil spreads its tendrils throughout the world and now you are reaping the results of keeping quiet and giving evil free rein. You have no one to blame but yourself. Instead of live and let live, disrupt and confront evil. Jesus did that on every hand. And what did they do to Him? His marching orders to you before leaving this earth were to follow in His steps and confront evil. To fail to speak up for Me is to give evil free rein in the world.
God’s Question: Started any fires of change lately?
God’s Promise: I call you not to an easy life but a victorious one.
My Prayer to God:
I Praise You for your amazing power and love.
I am Sorry I have kept quiet far too many times.
Thank You for Your Word that helps keep me on track.
Please help me be your ambassador of change in my world.