Will You Refuse?

July 1, 2013 — Leave a comment

Yesterday was Youth Sunday at our church. First, let me say that the kids and youth leaders did a great job with the service. It was wonderful to see so many children worshiping and celebrating Christ in our church. And the way that the leaders put together the service to make it fun for the kids participating and all of us kids at heart in the congregation was very well done.

The youth led us in a spirit filled message of serving Christ by taking the message of Christ to the rest of the world. We all know that we are to share the good news of Jesus Christ to others but how many of us actually do this on a daily basis? By leading us in a pep rally / coaching session, these children reminded us of the importance of sharing the Word of God with others and telling others what Jesus did for us.

During this service one of the songs that they played for us was one of my favorite songs by Josh Wilson. If you have been here before then you may remember that I am a big fan of Josh Wilson. I have liked his music from the first time that I heard his initial cd and after seeing him in concert earlier this spring, I walked away even more impressed than before.

The song that they played during this service serves as more than just a good tune to get your feet tapping. It also delivers a very important message that illustrates the message that the youth were delivering.

Sometimes I, I just want to close my eyes

And act like everyone’s alright

When I know they’re not

This world needs God, but it’s easier to stand and watch

I could pray a prayer and just move on

Like nothing’s wrong

But I refuse


I don’t want to live like I don’t care

I don’t want to say another empty prayer

Oh, I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else

To do what God has called me to do myself

I could choose not to move

But I refuse


I can hear the least of these, crying out so desperately

And I know we are the hands and feet of You, oh God

So if You say move, it’s time for me to follow through

And do what I was made to do

And show them who You are

I Refuse by Josh Wilson

You can find the rest of the lyrics at the link above.

I really like the message that this song relays to us. How many times have you felt like you just wanted to bury your head in the sand and ignore all of the problems that were going on around you? I know that I have had that thought more than once.

How many times have you just wanted to ignore the suffering of others because it made you uncomfortable or because it was getting in the way of you doing what you wanted to do?

Each of us are given a choice. Each of us know what God expects from us. We know that He wants us to spread His Word. We each know that He wants us to show His love to others through our actions. We know that He expects us to minister to those around us, either in words or deeds. But the choice is actually ours. What do we do with this knowledge?

We have to decide for ourselves if we are going to act on the knowledge that God has given us or are we going to ignore this knowledge and do nothing? During the service today it was said that Jesus was too good to keep to ourselves. I think that sometimes as adults we get so wrapped up in our own lives, our own issues, or our problems that we tend to forget this. We don’t take the time to stop each day and realize exactly how awesome Jesus really is. When we do this we too realize that He really is too good to keep to ourselves.

Take some time today and think about how awesome it is to be a child of God and how amazing it is to be able to call Jesus Christ Lord and Savior.

Now you have a decision to make. Will you refuse to move? Or will you refuse to sit idly by and watch as those around you continue to live without the knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

It’s your move!

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