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?
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?
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 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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