To Every Messenger a Message
God has taught me a principle that helps me deal with criticism and praise from those who read my messages. It’s a bit of personal instruction He offered to help me see my efforts to advance the kingdom the way He sees them. Maybe it will help you see yours in the same light.
We’re all given messages from God to deliver to others. While every Christian has the same King, and we’re all asked to bear witness of Him to the world, the way in which we do it is unique. Your message and mine are not the same. Some of us are called as healers, some as writers, some as pastors, and others fix cars and teach their children about Jesus. Every believer has a unique set of messages to deliver, and every message has an audience.
One of the problems I struggled with for years was knowing how I would tell people about Jesus. One day God said to me, “I’ll show you what’s wrong with your patients. You pray, and I’ll heal them.” I’d be willing to bet that none of the 6 billion people on earth have received that exact same message. You have a message or two from God that are unique, just as mine are unique to me.
God has given me a number of different messages. I have a journal where I write them all down. When time allows, I write them up and post them on my blogs. My blogs allow the people who are interested in my messages to access them whenever they want. The blog followers are the audience God has provided for the messages He gives me. Not everyone is able to deliver their messages through a blog. I have my way to deliver my messages and you have your way. The way in which a message is delivered is unique to each messenger.
When I write a blog post, I try to limit myself to only those subjects that God has authorized me to speak on. When we’re obedient to speak only the messages He gives us, to the audiences He provides, the ones who hear the messages are likely to receive them with gladness and they’ll bear fruit. When I want to give my audience a message I haven’t received from God, I recruit someone else to deliver their message on my blog. In this way, I’m able to provide my readers with a variety of topics, without going outside the authorization and revelation God has given me.
My messages have critics who occasionally post negative comments. Thankfully, God showed me how to deal with them. In a dream, people were leaving comments on the things I posted. Most of the comments were positive, but a few were negative. In the dream, I knew I had to keep posting my messages for the sake of those who were blessed by them. I didn’t let the critics get me down, and neither should you.
What is My Message?
One of the problems is knowing what God has authorized us to speak on. Sometimes the issues we’re authorized to speak on are given to us as passions that we have for certain subjects. Generally, your message will be on the subjects that God speaks to you about in your conversations with Him. I should give you fair warning: The subjects of these conversations are not always dictated by Him. I’ve been surprised at how talkative He can be and how much instruction He’s willing to provide on subjects that I’ve brought up. Some of the information I’ve received has been for my benefit only. I don’t always receive permission to speak on these subjects, publicly.
Knowing which subjects you’ve been given grace to speak on (and which ones you haven’t) is critical to reaching the audience He’s prepared. It also determines whether your message will bear fruit. While it may be tempting to speak on an issue out of what we understand about it from our personal experiences, it’s best to speak from revelation we’ve receive directly from God. He can tailor our message so that it addresses the issue from His perspective, expresses His heart, and makes a positive impact on the audience who hears us. There are many subjects we might be authorized to speak on. You may or may not be called to speak on healing, but I know it’s one of my messages. You may be called to speak on abortion, while I may have no personal revelation from God on that issue. Whether we have authorization from God to speak on an issue does not make it any more or less important to God. We should avoid thinking that a subject is less important because God has not authorized us to speak on it.
Who is My Audience?
The other problem is speaking the right message but delivering it to the wrong audience. I have many friends who engage in heated debates on a daily basis, simply because they haven’t realized that their message is not intended for a universal audience. They believe it’s imperative for everyone to receive their message, but in reality, God has prepared the hearts of certain people who will receive their message and bear fruit from it. The two keys to bearing good fruit as a messenger are knowing your message and recognizing its intended audience. Generally, you know you’ve found an audience with ears to hear when your message is received well by those who hear it. That’s not to say we should never expect resistance if we’re delivering our message to its intended audience. A skeptic, who is actually part of the intended audience, may initially resist your message. God may try to persuade them to consider a different point of view through your message. Over time, their heart may soften and they may develop hears to hear your message. But if hostility, rejection and quarreling are things you continually face, you may need to re-evaluate your message or the audience you’re trying to reach. The apostle Paul was convinced that he was called to preach to the Jews, but God’s intended audience for him was the Gentiles. His was a case of having the right message, but delivering it to the wrong audience.
I don’t know what messages you’re called to deliver and I don’t know your audience. That’s between you and God. All I can do is urge you to ask Him for the message He wants you to deliver. Once you have your message, trust that He will provide an audience who will receive it—no matter how small they might be. Some are called to speak to millions, some to thousands, and some, to only a handful of people. The size of your audience isn’t important. What matters is your obedience to God. If you obey, you and your message will bear much fruit.