I would just like to write about resistance and how this has played out the last few weeks for me.
When you head down the path God has intended for you, when you are fulfilling His purpose, expect there to be resistance. Think about it – you are glorifying and growing God’s kingdom. Satan is going to do EVERYTHING in his power to end it. The less people you reach, the more people he keeps, the more darkness there is in the world, the harder it is to find the light. We have to keep fighting. “Do not be afraid. Keep on speaking, do not be silent.” – God (Acts 18:9) We are also called to uplift and encourage one another in our spiritual journeys. God goes on to say, “For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” (Acts 18:10).
As Christians we are not called to live for the approval of the world, in fact we are called to fight against it. This means those that are consumed by the ways of the world will be resistant and discouraging. God put a neat phrase into my head over the last few weeks that keeps repeating itself every time I find myself facing opposition: Jesus didn’t change the world by not stepping on anybody’s toes. Jesus flipped tables onto toes.
Though facing opposition sucks, it does have 2 positives:
1. You have a great opportunity to shed some light on their world, even if only for a second, and then pray God can soften their hearts and open their eyes to use that moment to change their lives forever. God needs a seed to water.
2. It means you’re on the right path. So fight harder.
In Luke 14: 26-27, Jesus says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” We must be willing to go against the world, even those we hold most near and dear, to fight for God’s glory. We are called to choose Jesus over all of our beloved family, if it came down to it. We are called to love Him so much that all of our other loves pale in comparison. We may have to bear a cross with him – face public ridicule, face harsh opposition, face loss, who knows? Discipleship is what we should all strive for, but it comes with serious dedication and sacrifice. It will be the most fulfilling life you could possibly live though, guaranteed, and you will be blessed profoundly for it.
My fiancé, Ethan, reminded me today that there are 3 ways that people respond to the truth: denial, violent opposition, or acceptance. Two out of the three will lead to resistance. Just remember – resistance does not mean you are not speaking the truth or you aren’t doing the right thing. It means you are making people uncomfortable because they want so badly for you to be wrong so they can be right and not have to make any changes.
Stay strong, fellow warriors for Jesus. You will see the fruit of your labor.