As Christians, we are often taught that it is not good to yell and shout. But in the 11th chapter of John we witness an incident of Jesus himself yelling! That’s right…Jesus raises his voice.
Lazarus had become extremely sick and died before Jesus could heal his illness. By the time Jesus and his disciples arrived, Mary was crying because her brother had been dead and buried in a cave for 4 days. Moved with great emotion along with everyone else there, Jesus tells them to remove the stone concealing the tomb. Mary’s sister, Martha, reminds Jesus that Lazarus had been dead for 4 days…there’s going to be a foul odor…it’s too late!
So here’s the yelling part. They finally do what Jesus is asking them to do and open the tomb. Jesus prays to his Father, and then shouts “Lazarus, come out.” Of course we know the rest of the story…Lazarus comes back to life and walks out of the tomb. Amazing!
Here’s a question for you today. What stone is in your life that you would like Jesus to move? Or are you afraid that if you allow Him the opportunity to perform a miracle in your life only rotting odor will come of it?
If that’s where you are, I have three words for you. DON’T DOUBT…..SHOUT! Look at what Jesus did in an impossible situation. He approached the problem, prayed an unselfish prayer, and then shouted toward the miracle as a command…not a request!
If your heart is in it…if good will come from it….and if God will get all the recognition through it, then shout your miracle into action.
Where do you need to trust Him today?
Recently, I was standing in the lobby of our church on a Sunday morning when a 6-year-old boy looked at me and said, “I got a haircut today!”
Sharing in his moment of excitement, I replied, “I can tell….I got one too!” (note: I shave my head every 2 weeks) With absolutely zero change in facial expression he looked at me and proclaimed, “I can’t tell.”
That moment was cute and hilarious. But it quickly got me thinking about what is noticed versus not noticed in our journey with Jesus. Hopefully we are taking time to study the Word, pray, and serve others. And I think we would all say that we hope these things will bring positive change in our lives…..visible to those around us….especially to those who know us best! Take a look at what Jesus tells us:
‘I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.’ John 13:15 (NLT)
It’s a ‘heart’ thing. I’m so glad that it goes far beyond noticing whether I got a haircut or not. If you’re feeling happy and blessed today or discouraged and hopeless…..either way, let those around you notice Jesus in you! In doing so, you will put a smile on the face of God. And might I add that it just might transform your outlook on your current situation. God is joy and love. Others should see that in us!
“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” 1 Samuel 14:6 (NLT)
God speaks to us in a variety of ways, and about a multitude of things. He speaks to us to take that extra moment with our kids, or to spend one more quiet moment with our spouse before heading to work. He nudges us in the direction of a career change. And I would argue that He also places hurting people directly in our path each day so that we might take a moment to reflect the love of Jesus.
But we really don’t know…do we? We don’t know the outcome of our actions on God’s behalf. Referencing the Bible verse above, we simply act on a ‘Perhaps!’ Here’s the bigger issue. If we are not operating in ‘Perhaps,’ God isn’t able to use us. Our lives become mundane rituals without real life substance. It’s not that acting upon a ‘Perhaps’ gives God an opportunity to use us. Rather, it’s God gifting us with the opportunity to be used for His purpose!
Pray for that opportunity today. Perhaps He can use you for something very specific today.