Thursday, March 03, 2016

"If You Know It, Say It"

Mark 16.8 NIV

“Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.”

Most of us are afraid to talk. The risk of repercussions is too high. Acknowledging our reality may have undesirable consequences. We observe the world, gather experiences, form opinions and, keep them to ourselves. We dare not jeopardize our hard earned reputations, strategic alliances, or social networks by becoming transparent with beliefs that may offend others.

Who suffers by our silence? Those who may need to know. In the end, everyone suffers from undisclosed truth. Your story of redemption must be told. 

Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8.32). But the truth can only deliver the liberty it promises when those who know it say it, whatever the cost. While the pressure to remain silent often feels overwhelming, the living Christ, who Himself is the truth, can impart the humility and courage we need to convey the truth.

The women who discovered Christ’s empty tomb fled “trembling and bewildered.... They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.” They had reason to fear. They may have thought their incredible resurrection story would be discounted as the wild fantasies of impressionable Jesus followers. These ladies stood to lose any remnants of credibility they possessed by promoting such foolishness. Even after her firsthand encounter with the risen Lord, Mary Magdalene was marginalized by the people she trusted the most.

“When they heard that He was alive and
had been seen by her, they refused to believe it.”
Mark 16.11 NASU

There is a price to pay for those who speak their personal truth about Jesus. But the eventual cost of saying “nothing” is much higher.

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