Recently I gave some one a tract at work. There was the initial action, but since that time, I have not followed up. What are they thinking? Do they think that I am really serious about my belief, that my faith is important for them to know about? Maybe it is something for me to rest in, but my lack of follow through confirms that it is not life or death in what they do with it(when it really is).
Beginning something good is sometimes easy. It is the follow through that is often difficult. King Jehoshaphat seemed to be on the right track when he asked Ahab if there were any true prophets of the LORD still around. 2 Chronicles 18:4 (NASB95)
4 Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Please inquire first for the word of the LORD.”
Yet when Micaiah showed up and gave the prophecy, Jehoshaphat, along with Ahab ignored the prophecy. Jehoshaphat even went along with Ahab’s plan of disguising himself while Jehoshaphat went out dressed in his normal royal dress as they went out into battle. That action alone seems suspect.
What things in our lives need further attention? The people around us may know where we stand, we may have made a statement that shows where we stand, but when it comes down to action, or a need for further response, we become quiet, and quietly go along with those around us, or disappear from the dialogue going on. When do we speak up, and when do we remain quiet? Do we have the right, the responsibility to confront a non-believer with their behavior? What do you think? When and where do we speak up? Do others around you recognize your position? Should your faith be private? Do you need to follow through?
I do. Pray for me.
Romans 10:14-17 (NASB95)
14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?
15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”
16 However, they did not all heed the good news; for Isaiah says, “LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?”
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.