I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about T.D. Jakes, but the other day (when I was feeling sorry for myself that someone left Southbrook, spewing and spinning all the way out the door) his book caught my eye.
Or rather, a chapter title within it did.
Since that doesn’t really mean much in and of itself, I really believe it was God who drew me further on to read. And, as it turns out, T.D. was addressing the very frustration I had, namely…
What do you do about people who decide to leave the church and toss a few hand grenades into the body on the way out the door?
· Do you have a meeting?
· Rally the troops?
· Build a coalition?
· Get your side of the story out?
· Yell and scream or stomp your feet?
No, you just, “Let’em Walk.”
That’s it—pure and simple. You Let’em Walk.
I know it’s not very sexy. It certainly doesn’t make for a good, steamy novel. Certainly, no one is going to want the movie rights to such a boring, uneventful story, but often it does have one very attractive thing going for it.
It’s the right thing to do.
When you’re doing something you know God has called you to do—that’s right, morally, on vision, tracking with the mission, etc., believe it or not, not everyone is going to be happy about it. Last time I checked, Jesus actually did everything right and the majority determined death to be the solution for Him.
And when Jesus stood before a man who thought he had all the power—Pontius Pilate—and said nothing—He set an example for the rest of us.
Have you ever thought about whether or not it would have made any difference for Jesus to take up Pontius Pilate on his offer? Seriously. What if Jesus thought, “You know, Pontius is the governor, he does carry a lot of weight and influence. Maybe He can rescue me if I just give “My side of the story.”
That even sounds silly, doesn’t it?
The truth is, it would have made no difference whatsoever. Jesus came to die and Pontius actually had no say in the matter. As Jesus said in John 19:11, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
So, I’ve recently had a revelation in this area of my life. It was powerful, and it was amazingly freeing. Seriously, you ought to look into it if you have been allowing people to hold your heart hostage. Wanna know the secret to freedom from this particular form of bondage?