LIVE OUT LOUD
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Have you ever just woke up in the morning and just wanted to shout at the top of your lungs? I mean not just a little sound, but a loud roar of joy? It would probably scare everyone around you but I just wanted to allow us to think about the joy that lives within us because of the life of Christ. I know that there are days where we want to scream at people or even say things that may not need to be said because of the frustrations of life, but I just thought through this the other day and I just want to live out loud for Jesus. I don't want to be restrained but the shackles of this world, but for so many of us that is exactly how we feel. We have all of this pent up frustration and energy because of the situations of the world, but we have even more joy and energy that is being suppressed and does not need to be contained anymore. The world needs to see the TRUTH and LIFE of Christ being lived outside the box and that means we need to shout it from the mountain tops. We need to PASS IT ON!
But I know that we live in a world and society that for the most part doesn't want to hear that at all. We live in a time where we are more worried about who we may offend than being concerned about their eternity separated from God. As I have said so many times, there is NO CONTAINER that can contain the spirit of God, and if we are the containers... we are
called to live out loud. We are called to be renewed each day and share the Gospel with the joy in which it has been received. We are called to take the deepest breath that we can take and just let go and shout at the top of our lungs the glorious riches of Christ sacrifice that set us free. And I know that it may take some time to get to the shout... but we can at least start with a small roar. I don't know why, but I really do believe that the world is a better place. It is just so many people are afraid and live in silence instead of allowing their lives to be a living testimony to the world of the goodness of God. We have flipped our society to believe that sharing should take place in a small room with only a few people. NO... I mean look at Pentecost in Acts 2.. God was telling the disciples that when we are inspired and consumed by the Holy Spirit, we are going to live out loud because God cannot be contained. So many people thought that the disciples were possessed or inebriated, but the reality was that they could no longer container the message God had given to them and so the Holy Spirit called them to share His message with the world. Crazy enough... revival broke out and God began adding people who also desired to live out loud to their numbers daily.
As we look at Paul's letter to Galatia and letting them know that we have all been put to death with our sins with Christ. As Christ died on the cross, so too did were our sins nailed to the cross to give us life. See Paul is reminding us in the Scripture today that for the world we focus so much on the idea of death, but Christianity focus is not on dying but on living. Yes we have been crucified with Christ, but if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we have also been raised to life with Christ. Some people would say that we have been reconciled through Christ, but either way we have been given life to live not a life to stop in anticipation of death. Paul is emphasizing that we have been given a new opportunity to live and grow in Christ, and we have Christ's resurrection power as we continue to fight sin. Remember we are no longer alone in this journey, but we have been given resurrection power through the blood of Christ and that is something that EVERYONE needs to hear. I can only imagine how the conversation will go with God in heaven when asked what we did with our new found freedom? Did you bottle it up or hide it away because you were worried that it was going to be taken away? Or were you able to multiply it through sharing the power of God's joy in your life? Similar to the story of the talents that Jesus taught, to those who have been given much... much will be required. Paul tells us that the life that we now live is through faith because of the sacrifice made for me through Christ. We cannot waste that gift. We need to share it with the world.
So I guess my encouragement for us all today is to let the love of God out of the cage and share it with the world. Do not fear or be dismayed. Celebrate the joy that God gives you and a moment each and every day to shout for joy. I know that it may seem weird, but I promise the more you let it out, the more the world is going to change. And to be honest, it
may be a good discussion starter when people jump or come running because of our shouting. I don't know how you feel, but I do feel that many of the times we are frustrated or become discombobulated is because we find ourselves constrained as Christians in a box that the world has contained. Instead we need to be thinking and living outside the box and coming back to the church to rejoice and share how God has used us to spread joy to the world. I know that some of my favorite hymns are Go Tell it On the Mountain and Pass It On. Both of these songs are inspiring us not to keep the living and breathing message of the Gospel self-contained in our lives. Seek to find ways to have open conversations. Fill your lungs with gladness and sing at the top of your lungs. STOP holding God in and begin experience the refreshing power of God! LIVE OUT LOUD and take each day as another chance to find joy and peace. Take each day as another opportunity to allow the world to see the power of God! Who knows what the world would be like if we lived out loud a little more and stopped allowing the world hold us down.