Beware Of Silent Disciples!
Ok, so now I get to elaborate what T.D. Jakes ministered to us this week. I gave you a few bullet points but I am going to elaborate on a few of his points because I think they deserve to be expounded upon. Remember the context, it was a very small group of pastors. More to come later!
Jesus looked at His disciples and let them know that He is aware there are a bunch of rumblings going on about Him. There are all sorts of people who are “deciding” who they “think” Jesus is. So the disciples speak up and say, “Well “some say” you are Elijah, “some say” you are John the Baptist, “some say” one of the prophets.” (By the way, enemies can never agree on you). He then said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter speaks up and says, “You are the Christ.”
So what is the point? The point is that when Jesus asked the disciples what all the rumblings were, they all answered with the gossip, they spoke up. When Jesus said who do YOU say that I am, only Peter spoke up then. Why? Sometimes it is not what the one says that is key but what the other eleven don’t say. The eleven were able to regurgitate what the others said without pause.
Let’s break it down. These people watched storms calmed, blinded eyes healed, marriages restored, Jesus walk on water, a small boys lunch be multiplied to thousands, and the list goes on. So why could the eleven only answer what the crowd said? I mean Jesus hand-picked these guys. These are the ones who were supposed to have His back. He pointed them out and gave them position. He showed them their destiny and they say NOTHING about Him? What the heck? They just let the crowd speak and stay silent?
Beware of the silent disciples, the ones who know better but choose to say nothing. It is hard to lead people who say nothing when the crowd is conjecturing. BUT….the silence of the eleven will not abort the purpose of God in your life. All you need is one out of twelve who gets it. After all of this happened, Jesus looked at Peter and said, “I can build on you!” In fact He built His church on Peter. Thank you Peter for getting it!
So my take away is that those who remain silent when the conjecture starts are the ones to watch out for. See those are the same ones you helped with their marriages, helped them financially, helped them in their grief, helped them when the storms of life were raging. They are the ones you hand-picked to walk along side of you. They are the ones who have the opportunity to build the Kingdom the greatest, if they decide to speak up. They are close to you, why don’t they speak up?
If God has given you a platform to lead His people, either as a Senior Leader or along side of one, will you be one of the eleven or will you be the one that the Kingdom of God can be built upon? Which do you choose? The Senoir Leaders know whom they can build the Kingdom of God on. Is that person you?
What is your takeway from this? I would love to hear!