He came into a house. The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, 'He is insane.' The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 'He has Beelzebul' Mark 3:19 WEB
When I first got saved, I lost every friend that I had, but quickly gained new ones in my church family. I was born an American heathen, and the friends that I had scattered like roaches when a light is turned on at the mention of Jesus.
Have you ever shared your faith with someone who just thought that you had lost your mind and had them ask, "What has happened to you?" I have. Being radical seemed to come to me naturally, but subtlety was something that I had to learn over the years.
It is comforting to know that when Jesus was on earth, at one point His own family thought that He was 'Out of His mind.' They staged an intervention and tried to seize Him. His family and friends thought that He had lost it: 'For not even his brothers believed in Him' (John 7:5). To make matters even worse, the highly respected religious leaders from Jerusalem thought that Jesus was possessed by a demon.
No one that previously knew Jesus seemed to understand His calling. When Jesus visited His hometown of Nazareth, they were offended at Him and said: 'Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?' They were offended at him. Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house' (Mark 6:3).
When you get turned onto God and the little fire within you becomes a flame, the world will quickly turn its back on you. You may find that your enemies are those of your own household (Matthew 10:36). Expect it. This simply means that you are on the right path. The things that you lose for the sake of Christ will be returned with better.
Note that Jesus did not pursue His family or those that disagreed with Him with scripture to try and convince them or win them over. He simply moved on to those that would listen. He gave His disciples the 'Shake it off' rule (Mark 6:11). When they will not receive your message, shake it off, and go to the next town. We would be very wise to follow His example. Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for You. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank You so much for all that You have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
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