In the last few months, I’ve gone through major changes: spiritually and naturally.
On the surface, the incidents appeared to be bad and confusing. Some were random and out of no where and others were festering like sores under the surface.
It was if God was saying now is time to bring the parasites to the surface. These pesky issues that were hidden away but draining you of your vitality and strength.
It felt as if God was performing an operation. There were moments of fear and confusion, yet I had this great peace and joy…as if I were resting under anesthesia.
My eyes had opened to who and what I was putting my focus and trust in. My trust should be in God alone, no one else.
This was the question that was asked in my heart: I know they have told you who you are supposed to be but what does God say?
There were times I was afraid to rock the boat, to embrace everything I wanted in life because I didn’t want to cause trouble or offend anyone. I didn’t want to be noticed. I didn’t want to face any kind of opposition. I was too tired. I was fine with that. That was the season I was in at that time.
But slowly I was emerging. I had found my strength in Christ, not myself. Some people had preconceived notions on who I am as a person and my fears became reality. Instead of celebrating my growth ( I didn’t expect that though), I was met with fierce opposition.
I want to warn you that if you are growing in Christ, you will face with opposition. The way you walk, talk and carry yourself will offend someone. The way you praise God will offend someone. Sometimes, being silent when they expect you to be hostile will be offensive. Speaking the truth will offend someone.
Never ever reduce who you are to make anyone comfortable. We are all called to let our light shine! How can we shine when we are always trying to please people? You will know when and how it should be done because God will show you and mold you in a way that is pleasing to HIM.
You are being formed and fashioned into what God has called you to be. Not everyone is called to the same thing and even if it may be similar, it will still look different.
Jesus was a Nazarene. He was the son of Mary and Joseph, the carpenter. He lived 30 years quietly, learning the ways of God in the temple and being a good son. Then one day his ministry began. Jesus was not accepted or recognized by the Spiritual leaders of the Temple. It was even said of Him “Can anything good come out of Nazareth”?
Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” John 1:44-47(NIV)
The Son of God had humble beginnings and was discredited by many. This serves as an encouragement to me. That if God had to go through it, what makes me anything special? Don’t be discouraged, fearful or sad. Don’t even be angry. Praise God and thank Him for drawing you closer to Him each day. Thank Him for where you are now. Don’t allow your past or anyone stop you from being who you are.
If you are an introvert, an extrovert, artistic, logical, or both; If you have a learning disability, a physical disability, a chronic illness, etc, don’t allow anyone to tell you that these things are a hindrance to your growth. God can use the introvert and the extrovert in different ways. He can use the artist to declare His glory through writing or ministry of song. He can use the logical and the intelligent to proclaim His goodness through teaching.
If you are quiet, acts of service and mercy might be your focus.
Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1Peter 4:11 (NLT)
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
Painful beginnings are to be expected when you are truly growing into maturity.