Ecclesiastes 3:7 A time to tear and a time to mend; a time to be silent and a time to speak.
There have been times in my life when I feared I missed my opportunity to be used? I just knew that I had kept my mouth shut too long. And I would think, “Did I prove myself unworthy and unfaithful in that very moment? Will I get another chance?”
Regardless, of our choices, God get’s the job done. God doesn’t need us, but He does want to use us. The question is, will we be ready and know, or will we be unprepared or afraid and freeze up?
So how do we know when it is right to act or speak out, and what is the right thing to do or say?
1. Be Prepared
When I think of situations that I might be faced with or situations that I knew I should have acted on, I can always see myself standing with boldness. I see myself saying or doing what I need to with grace and strength. There is no fear, no timidity. But if we aren’t prepared; prayed-up, fasted-up, studied-up DAILY; then we might stumble over ourselves. We might say things that aren’t quite right. Or we might not even hear the call if we aren’t seeking God daily and truly in a personal relationship with Him. So be prepared by reading the Bible, praying and talking with God throughout each day, and fasting when necessary.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
2. Be Willing
However, no matter what we do to be prepared, none of it is of our own power or might. It is only by the grace of God that we are used at all. But when we ready ourselves, we are proving our faithfulness to God. We are saying, “here I am Lord, send me!” And then we prove our willingness by obeying when an opportunity presents itself. It might not always be something that we are comfortable with, but we must have courage to trust and obey.
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here I am, Lord, send me!”
Yes! Send me!
Don’t you want to be used; don’t you want to serve our majestic Father in any way that He wants to use you? I do.
3. Be The Light
As Christians, it’s our purpose here on earth to glorify God. It’s our purpose, in everything that we do in all seasons of our lives, to live as unto our Lord, Jesus. We are here to let Him shine through our thoughts, words, and actions so that others can see and know who He is. This is true worship. It’s an offering and sacrifice of ourselves to live for Him; and to fight our fleshly actions and reactions to glorify Him.
Matthew 5:15-16 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
4. Be Patient & Pray
When we are faced with situations that we sense the need to act on, we need to immediately pray. God may give us the words to say or the action to take right on the spot, or He may want us to wait and continue taking it to Him in prayer. Either way, when we are living life doing the things I mentioned about, we are truly His sheep; and His sheep know His voice. We will know, that we know that He is beckoning us to do His work. He will answer us and confirm to us whatever it is that we are to do.
John 10:4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
When we do act on what God would have us do, we have to remember not to get carried away with our own emotions about the situation. We must trust what God has called us to do or say, and know that it is best. Every action that we take must be made in love; and in love also comes joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. We are representing our Father, THE KING, and we must glorify Him in ALL we do. And furthermore, we will be held accountable or every thought, deed, and word. So make it count; glorify Jesus when handling each situation. You never know who your actions and words could be drawing in to His kingdom or turning away.
Jesus, my King, You are almighty and all wonderful. You are good and Your ways are always best. I surrender my life to Your will, to serve You in silence and in boldness. Take away every fear, and all timidity that might hold me back from doing Your will. My heart is that You are glorified in every thought, action, and word that comes from me. I kneel before You and praise You, because You work all things out for the good of Your purpose. Thank You for guiding me and speaking to my heart, that I can know the right path to take. Father, You are worthy of my life. I am Yours. Amen.