Most of my life, there’s been a desire to be understood. There are memories seared in my mind of others misunderstanding me. When I look back, I realize the majority of the stress in my life has been caused by the struggle to be understood by others.
God has been dealing with me on this very subject recently. My desire to walk out His plan for my life has caused many to question me on many levels. Praying for God to reveal His plan and give me clarity has made this turmoil more prominent within me.
This morning during my study, my eyes landed on Luke 1:26-38. This passage shows Gabriel’s visit to Mary, the mother of Jesus. He visited her to tell her she would be the mother of the Messiah. This is a blessing many women had prayed to receive and she was the one to receive it.
Have you ever thought about what this blessing brought with it?
Mary would spend the rest of her life being misunderstood by the people in her life. She would be an outcast in many ways because of the questions surrounding this pregnancy. With great blessing and favor there was much responsibility.
Reading this brought clarity. If I want to do something great for God, I must be willing to be misunderstood by everyone except God. It was then the phrase “take up your cross daily and follow me” took on a whole new meaning.
How many times do we strike out to do what God has laid on our heart only to become discouraged when others don’t understand?
We must be willing to live for the “Audience of One” as Misty Edwards says. Jesus is the only person’s opinion that matters in the end.
If we want to do something great for the Kingdom it will cost us, but we will gain so much more than we lose in the end. The key is to remember our reward is very often not seen in this lifetime.
This morning God gave me a new level of clarity and a desire to press on until the end.
Are you ready to move forward with God regardless of the cost? What is your cross?
Please share so I can pray with you.