Sometimes I wonder if there is any value to writing posts. I feel as if I could go on indefinitely simply by posting short snippets of scripture. And yet, I write, because a burden has been laid on me.
There are far sharper minds than mine out there–some of them are even linked in my blogroll. I am a simple man. I have no training in theology; rather, I am a simple farm boy. I am still relatively young, and I lack the elegance and polish of some other writers. Heck, my “book” doesn’t even hit 100 pages!
Has God given you a message to share?
You might not be called to start a blog, or to write a booklet, or to preach a sermon, but if God has given you a message you are called to share it. It doesn’t matter if no one listens. In fact, you can expect to be unpopular, to be told to shut up. They will try to silence you, even to the point of threatening you. This is because they are not interested in the word of the Lord, but rather a false message of peace and safety, of abundance and plenty of wine. Those who speak the word of the Lord have never been popular, because from the earliest times the messages He has given have been of war, disaster, and all manner of evil.
If you do not speak the message God has laid upon you, God will require of you the blood of those you should have warned. However, if you faithfully speak the burden placed on you, you will have delivered your soul, even if those to whom you speak disregard your words.
If you have heard the Lord speak, you have no choice but to prophecy.
If that means starting a blog, start a blog–it doesn’t matter if you only get 5 pageviews a month. If it means writing a book, then write a book. If it means preaching a sermon, preach a sermon. And if it means sharing your message over a beer in the local pub, than share your message over a beer in the local pub. Whether people listen is not your problem.
Your problem is to follow God’s call, to speak His words.
Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. —1 Thessalonians 5:19-24