Did you know that a Christian should have a higher level of understanding and competency than their unsaved counterparts at work?
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
1 John 2:20
Many Christians are hesitant and resist showing what they know because they fear being criticized. We will never fulfill the plan of God for our lives if we are afraid of men.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
I understand that there is a natural desire to be accepted. It is actually abnormal for us not be bothered when other people do not accept us. The only way any person will be able to overcome this is through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
We were not made to be rejected. There is a place in God where we have drawn so close to Him that His love will cast out fear of man though.
I struggled with these things in the past. Over time it became clear the reason was that I lacked a revelation of God’s love.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
When we gain a revelation that God has accepted us people’s opinion of us will become much less important.
God has accepted us and through the blood of Jesus cleanses us of our sin and failures. This does not mean that people will always accept us or won’t criticize us.
We all must cast off the fear of man. This can only be done through a strong revelation of our position in Christ Jesus.
I have realized over time that allowing someone else’s opinions to affect my decisions is equivalent to allowing myself to be placed in bondage to them. It is one thing to spend time making sure you are doing what God has called you to do with a goal of trying to avoid offending people. If we are trying to avoid offending them for fear of what they think though that is totally a different matter.
When God first placed this blog on my heart I hesitated. There was a fear of people not liking what I wrote. The Holy Spirit helped me to see that I valued the opinion of those who would read these posts more than that of God. I had to repent and by doing so was able to launch out on what God has called me to do.
It is time for Christians to shake off the bondage of codependency on other people’s opinions and acceptance. Moses was a great leader but he also faced great opposition from the people he was called to lead many times. Every man or woman who accomplishes great things for the Kingdom of God will face opposition. There is no way around this.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
2 Corinthians 11:23-27
Paul wrote two-thirds of the New Testament. He was able to establish many churches and opened doors of ministry to the non Jewish peoples. In this passage he provides us with a picture of the things he went through to accomplish all that he was able to accomplish. It is clear that His life was not always rosy!
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12
The only people who will not be persecuted by unbelievers are those who are not walking in the plan of God for their life. We all need to accept the fact that someone is going to end up disliking us if we live a godly life.
Jesus is the greatest example of godliness but there were still people who hated Him. Light exposes darkness and He manifested the light.
It is important for us to realize that following the path of least resistance will always limit what God is able to do in our lives. Following the plan of God will mean taking the less traveled path. People will reject us but if we persist, God will cause everything to work out.
So how do we persist through criticism and persecution? The only way is to reach a place where nothing can satisfy us except God. This will require us to spend much in prayer and meditating on the truths of Scripture.
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