“Bite your tongue.” Wise words when it comes to speaking out in anger, criticism, or needless complaints. I fear that far too often we bite our tongue when we need to speak. Those of us who have been called to speak the timeless truths of God’s Word need to do so with boldness.
I know what you’re thinking, “Yes I know you’re right, but you don’t have ________ in your church.” Yes I do and their name is ________. We all have _________ in our churches. Look at what Jeremiah had to say about this in Jeremiah 20:7-9: O Lord, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
Do you have a fire in your bones? I am convinced that the health and well-being of our churches and nation rest upon our pulpits being filled with God’s servants that have His word burning in their hearts and a fire in their bones.
Can you dare to imagine if we all stopped biting our tongues and spoke God’s Word like we were on fire?