They May Never Get It

In my quiet time I’m reading through Acts while my daily activities are in preparation for what I believe God’s called me to do.

Do you feel God calling you? Do you feel passionate about a particular work? Are you trying to find what you’d love to do when you grow up?

They May Not Get It by Dana Pittman

Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. Acts 7:25

I enjoy chatting with my bible. I’ve shared this before. This passage made me wonder about Moses. Many of us know his story. We have admired him for his leadership, faithfulness, love of people…

What about Moses the man. 

They did not get it.

Considering his horizontal relationships helps us assess our own. He was called to a great work. The Israelites saw evidence of this fact. Yet, they had habitual bouts with disbelief. (Read an example).

Now what? What does this mean for you and I? What does Moses have to do with my calling and YOUR calling?

Everything.

In this passage Stephen is giving an account of Moses’ story. This sentence struck me because Moses thought his own people would get it. He believe they would realize God was using him. Heck, he was trying to rescue them.

But they did not.

They did not get it.

We want validation.

Why do we want people to get it? I can name many reasons however the overwhelming reason, I believe is, validity. We want people to validate us through their acceptance.

This type of validity is hard to pinpoint especially when it morphs into us waiting for approval and/or permission. Maybe it’s just me, but I have on several occasions in my life wanting people to get it as a mark of acceptance.

Other times I wanted people to get it so that I won’t feel crazy for having a particular vision. Because who was I (you) to pursue such a thing?

I hope to encourage you. Encourage and help you to understand this truth. They may not get it. They may never understand what you see. They may not get the vision you are attempting to reveal. But God does.

God gets it.

God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. Romans 8:29 (MSG)

Because rejection hurts…

Let’s keep it real. It hurts when those we love or esteem don’t understand. It may feel like rejection. It may cause us to doubt. We think…well maybe I shouldn’t….

Beloved don’t go down that slippery slope. Do not take their lack of understanding as a sign (or an excuse) for you not to pursue your calling. Yet, hold them up to the light of Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine a light in both you and those you seek to convince.

Then comes the hard part…

Give it to God. All of it.

Your hurt…

Your feelings of rejection…

Your hope to help your loved ones understand…

Your inner need to be validated…

Your…[fill in the blank]…

Know God is not going to carry you to a place in which He is not willing to sustain you. This includes the feelings and emotions due to the aftermath of us revealing our calling and the subsequent reactions–positive and negative.

Take courage in knowing God is for you. He will ensure you have everything needed for the journey ahead. The people you need you’ll have. The people you need to release will eventually leave.

Thus, as you move along understand they may not get it. They may come around, or not. However, if they don’t rest in knowing He does. He gets it. He gets you.

 

So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? Romans 8:31-32 (MSG)

 

Question: Have you experienced people not understanding your calling? How did you handle it?

 

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19 thoughts on “They May Never Get It

  1. Dana, what you have written about is what has broken my heart this past year. I started blogging a year and some months ago and so many said they would read, follow, keep up…and they didn’t. I get that – we are all busy. But my mom? My best friends? Not them too? Yes, they are busy and techie challenged…worst of all my sister has steadfastly refused to even visit my website. I have known I am writing for my Audience of One but this absolute rejection has been bitterly painful for many reasons. Funny, it is people I don’t really know that have encouraged me the most. It may sound like hubris, but I take comfort in this: Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country John 4:44.

    • The majority of the people who read my blog are not my family or friends. Don’t give up. Find others who can help encourage you and help you keep moving forward. I have found that the majority of my friends and family typically don’t get it right away, and might not. Don’t give up!!

    • Britta, I understand your situation and it breaks my heart.

      I believe you should keep your heart and mind focused on your reasons for blogging. Do you blog for your family? Or do you blog to share what God has placed on your heart? In time we’ll win some, we’ll lose some; however, if we meet our goals it will all work out.

      Additionally, I pray you don’t allow their responses to take root in your heart. Keep working for your Audience of One and pray that those you love will join you on your wonderful journey.

      Take care.

  2. Dana,
    So many times, I have felt like I’m following God but at the same time I doubt myself because no one “gets it.” It can be a lonely road. Thanks for this. Thanks for kindly pointing out that often I do what I do for validation from people rather than from my God.

    • Heidi,

      It can be a lonely road. It causes us to try hard and harder only subjecting ourselves to the potential offenses again.

      Thanks for swallowing this large pill with grace. Also, thank you for the kind words in your complimenting post.

      Chat with you soon. 🙂

  3. Dana, this post really resonated with me and pierced my heart. I want to thank you so much. Lately, the Lord has been asking me to have courage to speak for Him. I’m going to try to give you the shortened version. I’ve been misunderstood when sharing things the Lord has shown with others. He always confirms what He shows me through His Word. I would take the risk and share it with other believers and they would criticize, question, not agree or not affirm what I believe the Lord showed me. Which really discourages me. This post spoke to me in that others may not get it, but God does. I have to trust Him, even when the opposition, doubts and second guessing comes. Sometimes the easiest thing for me to do is just keep silent, but I’ve been sensing the Lord wants me to speak. I have been praying for more courage to obey and not fear man.

    • Pilar, my dear friend. We’ve talked about this directly. However, I want to make a suggestion to you. I won’t be offended if you decline. 🙂 I suggest you do a word study on “courage”.

      Word studies are an excellent way to see what God says about the matter. Then gauge your life and responses against His word.

      I believe you will be greatly blessed by this.

  4. Wow Dana you’re so on it, I’m there right now. I had to make the decision to launch out in ministry March 2011 with very little support from those I expected would. However I have the most amazing man in my life (my husband), my four adult children and a few close friends who gives me tons of support. That should be great right? No, unfortunately I was still looking for that affirmation from my leaders which never came. The times I got discouraged and wanted to fall in the trap of giving up, but I can hear Mom Brown saying on that launch night “Now you start something make sure to don’t stop, keep going.” Our when she stopped me a few months ago at church and told she has developed a relationship with a young woman because of a message she heard at one our event last fall. God always sends what we need when we need it, at the time we need it. You hit the nail on the head when you said, “They may never get it.” That is helping me right now. Thank you for this post. Hoping to meet you at the conference.

    • “God always sends what we need when we need it, at the time we need it.” I wholeheartedly agree.
      He is awesome!

      Give Mom Brown a hug from Dana. 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  5. How true. I know I get some strange looks now and then when I tell people about my work, because they think my life should be a picnic. You make a great point that I should not wait for anybody else to agree with me and approve my understanding of my calling. I’ve dithered over that many times in the past, but it is time to stop dithering. Thank you.

  6. Oh,yes. There are quite a few folks in my life who don’t get what I am doing, and I have dearly wanted validation from them.

    I really appreciate your post. It is a great reminder of who and why I serve, and that I do not need validation.