We remember the feeling of our heart beating in our throat
Reference: But Jesus knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the shrivelled hand, “Get up and stand in front of everyone.” So he got up and stood there. (Luke 6:8 NIV)
Explore: I was recently training some people in how to do a radio interview. With one group, it wasn’t so much a training, but giving them the confidence to believe they could do it.
The thought of speaking to radio announcers and their listener-ship was too much for some of them to even consider.
While this is hard for radio people to understand, there was a time when we were all petrified to go to air. We remember the feeling of our heart beating in our throat as we worried about saying the wrong thing.
It’s not hard to believe that public speaking is some people’s greatest fear.
Application: There are times when Jesus asks us to speak out for Him. This public speaking may be in front of one person, twenty people or maybe hundreds, but when we are called to this we need to be obedient.
In Luke, Jesus called a man with a withered hand to stand in front of the whole synagogue. I can feel self-conscious when I only have a pimple on my face. I can only imagine how timid this man with a disability felt.
And yet, he was obedient. He did whatever Jesus asked him to do.
I can’t say I’m as willing. There are times when I remain silent. Times I hide behind others.
I need to take strength from this man with a withered hand and have confidence in Jesus that He knows what is best for me.
Prayer: Lord, give me the confidence to answer Your call. It’s when I’m obedient to You that I receive true healing. Amen.
What are you feeling called to speak out for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.