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Topic: Discipleship (02/23/04)

TITLE: Quiet or Not - Who Are You?
By Martha Currington


But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
Ephesians 4:7 (KJV)

This title and subject matter is different from what I had planned to write. I wanted to write about the discipleship traits of the apostle, John. Since scripture reveals his close relationship with Jesus, and John referred to himself as “that disciple whom Jesus loved”(John 21:7, 20), I know that it would be appropriate. Nevertheless, the more I read and researched John’s life, I felt inadequate to condense and write it at this time. So I am writing about a subject that I know “ first hand”, that being, “quiet Christians” and their discipleship traits.

Some of Jesus’s twelve disciples, according to Biblical accounts, were more extroverted than others. Some appeared to have quieter natures. Thus, Jesus values the worth of diverse personalities and their unique places of service in His kingdom work.

If you think about it, you probably know many quiet Christians who have helped you or have influenced your life. Or maybe you’ve observed their behind-the-scene actions.

Years ago, while attending a Sunday night church service, our pastor, a very dynamic person, full of energy and apparent happiness, pounced, yes, pounced, from behind the podium. Off the platform he came, into the front center of the church aisle. Raising one hand, while lifting his Bible in the other, he loudly proclaimed, “If you don’t feel what I’m feeling right now ,then you don’t love God!” A few “amen’s” echoed from the congregation.

There I sat, timid and still. Seemed as if he was looking right at me! But I knew that I loved God! I was a born again, baptized believer, a Christian...just a quiet Christian, that’s all.

Needless to say, that remark stung, opening a door for Satan to hound my “easily hurt feelings.” I didn’t say anything to anyone about it after the service, but “I couldn’t stop thinking about it!” When I got home, I wrote the following :

Quiet Christians

There are such people as quiet Christians, who feel quietly, but deeply, the call of the Spirit. They pray silently, and their prayers are heard just as the prayers from the ones that God created a different way.

Smiles from quiet Christians have as much roots from deep within the heart as bubbling laughter from Christians with more extroverted natures. God’s quiet people love God and others just as passionately as anyone else. They have to have times of solitude too, because that is when God speaks to them; they hear and receive amid the silence, just as others do.

Quiet Christians may not have the gift of eloquence but there are times God can use them, when, and where He can use no one else.

Never say people do not love God because they don’t express it the same way as you do.
God may use those people far more than you think. You see, God knows their hearts!

I fully intended to give a copy to the preacher, but ...I never did. I also once wrote:

I sit alone and think a lot
Sometimes good, sometimes not
And often I write my thoughts
It’s a quiet way of having my say

So, I guess, in this instance too, without anyone else knowing, I was having my say.

I’ve grown in my quiet, Christian walk since then. I’ve come to realize our pastor must have been referring to “ the joy of the Holy Spirit”. The same Spirit that produces bubbling-over joy in him gives a quiet, peaceful spirit to me. This preacher remains my Christian friend until this day.

Twenty-six years later, God called me “to write”. He is having “His say”, and I quietly, humbly answered, ”Thank you Lord , for the privilege.”

So ... as the reader of this article, quiet or not? Which one describes you?

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen (Romans 15:33) KJV

Copyright 2004 Martha J. Currington

Member Comments
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Corinne Smelker 03/01/04
I am so glad you wrote your way out of hurt! Being boisterous myself I have remind myself that "quiet" doesn't mean "passionless"! Thanks for the reminder
Glenda Lagerstedt03/01/04
How quick Christians are to judge one another and make sweeping statements in the heat of the moment, as your pastor did. I am glad that you stood in confidence in Christ and your relationship with Him. And that you are still friends with this pastor. Thank you for your quiet message of strength and support for ones who may be hurt by the same sort of event in their own lives.
Dave Wagner03/01/04
Man, that was 26 years ago? Had quite an impact, I guess...

This is very well written, and inspirational. It makes a point I've not often heard stressed, and makes it well.

I liked your little poem a lot, actually:

"I sit alone and think a lot
Sometimes good, sometimes not
And often I write my thoughts
It’s a quiet way of having my say"

Very nice.

I was going to say if you give me your pastor's email, I'll forward this to him for you. lol. But if it's been nearly 3 decades, he's probably grown well beyond that stage of his walk by now. He'd probably wince if he read it now.
L.M. Lee03/02/04
I've found that many intercessors are the quiet type. they have learned to listen to the spirit to know what to pray about, instead of doing all the talking! :-)
Bertie Patano03/03/04
WOW!! Martha, this should be read in every church in the land! How embarrassing it is for a guest or a shy member to be ask to give a short bio of self, and it happens. Not always does guest and member hear it's ok to pass if one so desires. AND no pastor should hold himself up as the image to be like. What about people who have lost a love one. or is losing a loved one, or has other events that makes one living in deep sorrow!? Right now, many people are unemployed and have no idea when they will find work and a pay check to feed the family. Bertie Patano
Mary C Legg03/04/04
God spoke in a still small voice, and when in doubt I look at the vast array of trees adn birds around me, and then I see that God loved variety. Each is important to him. and yes, often it is very intimidating to be around such people who make absolute claims that you must be a certain way. man invented the cookie cutter, not God. thank-you so much for sharing these thoughts.