The Spirit in me questions when people say “It’s not everything God tells you that you should share” or that “one has to necessarily wait for an appointed time” before sharing — which is the backup they usually go for as to why one shouldn’t immediately share. And it’s fair enough.
It’s our job to run and go tell. It however isn’t our job to focus on timing, on how what God tells us is received by who we tell it to and whether or not they agree; because there literally exists these people who don’t see or understand and who matter in God’s ultimate plan:
“He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “ ‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’” — Luke 8:10 NIV
I’m enabled to understand that there are deeper reasons behind the stances that people take in withholding what they receive from God. For some part, it’s fair enough. But for the most part, a lot of people do it because they don’t know better — usually due to a learned behaviour and tale of blind leading the blind.
Back to the reasons for withholding… these reasons vary between the fear of rejection, the need to be “accurate” or “apt”, and the need to see an immediate “response” from people in favour of what they’ve been told. Careful there, one might start to see the need to also take glory.
The Spirit in me questions this set stance of not sharing what God tells us because in The Parable of the Sower, the Sower didn’t let the fact that some of the seeds He sowed along the path, on rocky ground, among thorns and on good soil stop Him from sowing the seeds in the first place. The Sower also didn’t go looking for just the good soil on which to sow His seeds. He literally went out to sow and scattered as He was going.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” — Luke 8:5-8 NIV
In sharing what God has spoken and told us, even though there’s the possibility of it falling on hearts that don’t believe, hearts that believe but fall away after testing, hearts that are choked by worries, riches and worldly pleasures; there’s an even surer probable that what’s spoken by God to us and shared to others will fall on noble and good hearts who hear, retain, persevere and produce a crop.
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” — Luke 8:11-15 NLT
The surety of the all knowing One who speaks to me and the truth of His Word… His instruction… is true enough for me to stand on regardless of any persecution I might face when it comes to not being “agreeable” or it not being the “appointed time”; because God’s Word tells me that He called and prepared us even before He formed us to do good works — even good works for the blind, deaf and uncomprehending — ahead of time and for His glory.
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” — Jeremiah 1:5 NLT
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. — Ephesians 2:10 NLT
“I will say to the north and south, ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel from the distant corners of the earth. Bring all who claim me as their God, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.’” Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind, who have ears but are deaf.” — Isaiah 43:6-8 NLT
If as a follower of Christ, and a sharer of His Gospel, being agreeable is one’s priority; if one is only focused on telling “convenient” truths that one knows people always gravitate to; if one isn’t ready to speak harsh and bitter truths that shake the wrong foundations people might have stood on their entire lives, regardless of it bruising the receivers egos and the backlash one stands a chance of facing;
then some serious heart rummaging needs to be done by one. And only the Holy Spirit has the power to illuminate all dark corners and areas that make one self serving.
Obedience to God, heeding His voice and following His instruction is so much more important than sacrifice to man which is why I ask for the grace to enabledly run and go tell. Always.
Sidebar: What are you running and telling? And on who’s behalf? 💭💭💭