This blog was written by Angelica, an Open Doors Australia worker.
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I’m tired of a mediocre faith. I’m tired of being silent about my faith and my hope in Jesus. I’m tired of making excuses to not give to God’s cause. I’m tired… of being absorbed by feeds, statuses, pics, memes and vines… of neglecting the word of God… of a weak prayer life…
I’m tired of living for the world instead of seeking first the Kingdom of God.
Aren’t you tired?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest – Matt. 11:28
Most of us know this verse off by heart, but do you see that it requires ACTION. It requires us to move closer to Jesus, to draw near to him, to come to him. But I know I’ve prayed this as a prayer in the midst of chaos, in times where I’ve been so overcome with busyness; work, assignments, family dramas, school, church. And I’ve failed to draw near to Jesus in those times. I want the result of rest–but I’m not willing to seek God first, to sit under His word and draw near to Him.
So what do you do to draw near to God?
Be still and know that I AM God – Psalm 46:10
Be still. This literally means to cease striving, relent, let go. Relent. The action that God requires of us is to be still. In order to do this we need to turn down the volume of the world, and raise the volume of the gospel. This means turning off the things that take us away from the word of God; like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Spotify, emails, TV, Netflix, and our phones.
This is why I have done Blackout every year for the past 4 years. I see how the world so easily consumes us and draws us further away from God, and who He has called us to be. Our identity is in Christ, we are His body called to be united for His cause–the cause to make His name known across the earth. In order for the world to know His name, we must stop looking down at our screens and start looking outwards towards the needs of others, and upwards towards the face of God.
Not only is there a world who doesn’t know Jesus, but we have a family who are persecuted daily for worshipping our great God. We have brothers and sisters who are imprisoned, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus.
How can I pray for and support my family if I am continually consumed with how many likes, shares, tweets and comments I get? Blackout allows me to re-focus my priorities. It gives me a way to practically support my persecuted family, and pushes me to be a voice for the voiceless as I share with my friends and family why I’m doing Blackout and who I’m doing it for.
Will you stand up with us as we fight against the noise of this world and seek to pursue the call of the gospel?
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