Shake It Off!
Here’s some good advice Jesus gave His disciples. When someone rejects you or won’t listen to you, ‘…shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.’ When you experience rejection, you have two choices: allow it to affect your confidence and self-worth, or ‘shake it off’ and move on.
Now, Jesus was not talking about sincere minds that don’t understand, but proud minds that reject the truth. He was saying, ‘Don’t let it break your stride and keep you from accomplishing what needs to be done.’ When Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta, he was bitten by a snake while gathering firewood. Immediately the islanders said to one another, ‘…this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live’ (Acts 28:4 NKJV).
How did Paul respond?
‘…he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm’ (v. 5 NKJV).
What did the islanders say about him then?
‘…they changed their minds and said that he was a god’ (v. 6 NKJV).
People’s minds change like the wind! So don’t let their compliments make you proud, or their criticisms tear you down. God’s will is for you to help others. If they accept your help, give it. If not, go where you will be accepted and appreciated.
Jesus said, ‘…I say to you, he who receives whomever I send, receives Me…’ (John 13:20 NKJV). In the final analysis it’s not you they are rejecting, but the One who sent you. Knowing that gives you confidence and peace of mind.
‘…shake the dust off your feet…’ Mark 6:11 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Ezekiel 43:11, 16, 31; 36:25-27; Ephesians 2:10, 22
behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep & I will seek them out. I will seek the lost, & I will bring back the strayed, & I will bind up the injured, & I will strengthen the weak! You are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, & I am your God! I will sprinkle clean water on you, & you shall be clean from all your uncleanliness, & from all your idols
I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, & a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh & give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, & cause you to walk in my statutes & be careful to obey my rules. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them! In him you also are being built into a dwelling place for God by the spirit!
You are His dwelling place! Make it beautiful!