Somebody, somewhere, sometime will celebrate you.
Jesus told His disciples, “And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet” (Matthew 10:11-14).
Intimacy should be earned.
Jesus had different Circles of Love around Him. John, the beloved, laid his head on His shoulder. Peter, James, and John were the inner three. Then, the 12 disciples traveled with Him. Then there were the others and the multitudes. The depth of desire determined the access He gave to others. If you are in full-time ministry, take note: There was a time in my early ministry when I felt rejection quite keenly. When certain people did not accept me, I really felt like something must be wrong with me. Numerous times I have sat alone in my small motel room mentally replaying the service. Did I say something that disagreed with their theology? Did I say it the wrong way? Did I preach too long? Did I fail to give enough illustrations? Did they not like my singing?
There is no end to the doubts the enemy will put into your head about your life and your Assignment. Certainly it is good to evaluate your efforts, analyze your productivity, and strive to enter the highest level of excellence. But when you study the life of Jesus, you do not see Him hungering for the approval of Pharisees. He would not move His little finger to attract hypocrites. Instead, He spent time with the ungodly tax collector who saw His value and celebrated His difference. This may sound strong, but if you do not see yourself as a reward to others, you may become a whining wimp, crawling at the feet of snobbish and hypocritical people. Do not fall for that. Jesus said to test any house you enter. Qualify people for your entry. Ask yourself, “Are these people worthy of the gifts of God within me? Are they capable of celebrating the Treasure Who has just walked through the door?”
“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6).
Qualify the soil around you before planting the Seed of your life.
– THE ASSIGNMENT: THE DREAM & THE DESTINY
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