We can’t let someone’s appearance, hometown, financial status, position/popularity or any other external attributes determine whether God has qualified or disqualified them. I was sitting in a church service a few weeks ago when the Holy Spirit says “You are NOT what others see” and it brought much comfort to me. As most believers can testify, walking with Christ has not always been easy; in fact it was pretty disheartening and lonely at times because as you allow the Lord to transform your life, things are going to get real uncomfortable. [If you keep reading 1 & 2 Samuel, David was going to learn this down the line--Saul made approximately 21 attempts to take his life. YIKES!!]
As I have often testified on various social media platforms, I had to separate myself from the former lifestyle I had once been accustomed to. Before I was married, guys admired from afar but couldn’t accept that I had chose holy living vs promiscuity like the majority of ladies my age. I had to leave friends behind, even some who professed “Christian” but didn’t really have an inward/outward commitment to Him. It wasn’t that I thought I was too good for them; the Holy Spirit directly spoke to me about friendships changes because I couldn’t expect to grow spiritually if I was constantly in fellowship with worldly people doing worldly things. I had to experience ridicule for believing the bible. People around me could see my life was being transformed by the Gospel, but some said similar things they felt about Jesus – “I grew up/used to be good friends with/related to her but I’m not listening to HER”, “She’s speaking the truth, but who does she think she is? She’s not qualified.” , “Give her a few weeks/months/years and she’ll be back to normal.” Even among Christian circles I experienced people making up rumors about me, jealous, judging me, or simply keeping their distance from me for various reasons, so I often had to painfully watch as people backed away, but the Lord let me know he was with me & calling me for a great assignment and many around me weren’t going to accept me, whether saved or unsaved. No matter their reason for rejection, it doesn’t change the message or the commission.
These questions are not to get you angry, discouraged or throwing a pity party for yourself. If we would be honest, some of us probably said some of these things about others. I just wanted to take a few moments to encourage and strengthen you to believe what GOD sees in you. Push all of the opinions, accusations, fears and doubts away from your natural sight, and block out all the accusations and negative words you overhear people saying so that you can spiritually see, hear and believe God’s purpose for your life. Many are called but few are chosen, and if He sees something in you and calls you out to execute it, then answer the call. The opinions of others don't matter…
If you have a few more minutes to spare, please listen to a powerful song by Bishop Paul S. Morton called “I am what you see”. I love this song and believe it ministers to those struggling with in this area. Until next time - Holy Hugs! - Nikki