Ehud walked over to Eglon, who was sitting alone in a cool upstairs room. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you!” As King Eglon rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly.
The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat. So Ehud did not pull out the dagger, and the king’s bowels emptied.
Now that’s what I call a message!
Ehud’s message from God was an action and that action spoke!
What is the ministry’s unspoken message to the world full of injustice? What is the unspoken message to the unchurched when they attend your event? What is the unspoken message when you buy a stranger a cup of coffee? What is the unspoken message when you visit someone in the hospital, the jail?
Everything you do speaks.
What does a church’s manicured lawn saying to all driving by? It is saying they take care of their property, it speaks of integrity.
What does it say to mothers when they see a clean, up to date and safe nursery? It says we understand moms and what matters to Mom matters to us. It says we care about your child.
There is a ministry that personally knocks on doors in their neighborhood and invites them to dinner on the grounds every fifth Sunday. What does that say to the neighbors of the church? It says they are good neighbors, they care, they are giving, they are kind, they are merciful. Since they do it every fifth Sunday, they speak consistency. It wasn’t well attended at first but by the end of the year it was packed. Obviously consistency was the word the neighborhood needed to hear.
Not only do we speak to the world, what does our actions say to God Himself? When I lift up the champions against human trafficking in prayer what does that action say to God?
When I’m purposely preparing, praying and actively soul winning what am I saying to God about the lost?
When I reach up my hands toward my heavenly father and cry out “I can’t, but You can!” I’m saying His grace is sufficient. It’s enough to tackle the worst of obstacles.
What does it say to God when a ministry reaches out to community’s afflicted, jailed and broken hearted? It says what breaks Your heart breaks our heart too. It says Your will be done and not mine.
Ehud had a message from God. We too have a message from God. How can we deliver that message with actions?
I love how Ehud tells the enemy I have a message from God and then does something! Let’s give loneliness, fear, pride, gossip, condemnation, self-indulgance, human trafficking, abortion and affliction a clear message “Not on my watch!”
Q4U: What spoke to you the loudest when you first met Jesus?