Onward and Upward or (Keep Going!)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had to deal with criticism and judgement my entire life.  Sometimes it is hard to handle.  Especially when it is your family or a close friend who is doing the judging and criticizing.  But I read something that Jesus said in Luke chapter 7, and it really inspired me and encouraged me:

“For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’  Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.” Luke 7:33-35

Jesus, the only perfect person to ever walk on this earth, was judged and criticized.  Jesus.  I’m going to let you have a moment to let that sink in.  People criticized what Jesus did.  Amazing.

John the Baptist ate locust and honey, and the religious people of the day thought he was demon possessed.  Jesus, the Son of God, drank wine and even performed a miracle turning water into wine, and the religious people said he was an alcoholic.  How did Jesus handle this crazy slander against him?  He said, “Wisdom is justified by all her children.”  Or another way to put it is, “We are doing what is wise.”  John the Baptist lived a different life and had a different ministry than Jesus.  He preached the coming of the Messiah.  Jesus is the Messiah.  Jesus didn’t live in the wilderness like John.  He walked among the people and hung out with them in their homes to show His eternal love for them.

What does that have to do with me?

God gave you talents and abilities and a calling that is COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from ANYONE else’s.  If someone is complaining about how you use your life for God’s glory, they are foolish.  They are wrong.  However, you cannot let it keep you from doing what you are doing!  I used to let what people said and thought about my life affect me.  That was wrong.  What did Jesus do after He confronted the smack talk about Him?  He went to someone’s house to eat dinner with him.  Jesus kept going.  He fulfilled God the Father’s will for His life.  He told people who He was and gave His life for us on the cross.  He didn’t question if what he was doing was right, since all these people are saying bad things about Him.  He didn’t change to please people.  He kept going.

When people criticize you, and they will (Believe me.  If people can find fault with our perfect Savior, they are going to find fault in you), keep going.  Don’t stop doing what God has for you to do.

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