In the face of opposition, mocking, and accusations, what will you do? Will you draw back into the shadows and be silent? Will you walk away from the call (purpose) on your life or will you stand strong? In my twenty six years of ministry I have experienced my share of the aforementioned situations. Until I grasped an understanding of why these things happen I would draw back, be silent, and disqualify myself. We’re supposed to be blameless right?
I submit to you an alternative perspective. In the Apostle Luke’s account of Jesus’s Sermon on The Mount in the sixth chapter it reads, “Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.” (Luke 6:21-23 NKJV). A few more verses down Jesus continues His teaching to the disciples and the multitudes saying, “But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:24-26 NKJV). No need to add anything to this text or take anything away from the text, it’s simple, and clear.
I’m hear to declare to you today that your voice will not be silenced. The other day I resumed my cycling workouts after recovering from a broken ankle which resulted in two surgeries. Needless to say being waitlisted for over two months was quite the ordeal for my type A personality. Eventually I settled into the process and embraced the season of rest. It is now a new season, and I was so excited to be back in the saddle! So excited that during the class I was singing and dancing along to the tunes as I rode. I was a first time guest in this particular class. I must have been disrupting their usual mundane ride because after a few songs, the other cyclers began to mock my enthusiasm, echoing my random shouts through what was some discomfort for me as my ankle readjusted to the range of motion. They started laughing at my dancing and excitement on the bike as well. I didn’t care because it was fueling me to go harder. Rather than drawing back and becoming silent and stoic like the rest of the class, I pushed through it and had a blast!
By the end of the class I had people coming up to me saying we need you in this class will you come back? You motivated us. Just think if I would have drawn back. First my ride (which we are supposed to make our own) would have been horrible and I might not have finished strong. Secondly I would have lost the opportunity to motivate the class. What does this say to you? Do you! Let the haters and hecklers on the sideline do what they do. Use it as fuel to finish strong and win! You were #BuiltToEndure
Meditate on this text as you settle in to the declared promise above: “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2 NLT