Shake it Off
He said to them, "Wherever you enter into a house, stay there until you depart from there. Whoever will not receive you nor hear you, as you depart from there, shake off the dust that is under your feet for a testimony against them. Assuredly, I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!" Mark 6:10'11 WEB.
When Jesus sent the disciples out to preach the good news, they often faced rejection. Jesus told them to shake it off and go to the next town. There would be other people who would be glad to see them, waiting for them to arrive. The disciples were to try and share the good news but never force themselves on those who didn't want to hear it. When they encountered people like that, they were to shake it off and move on.
God created you to be who you are. But the devil will always find someone who doesn't like you, what you are doing, what you stand for, or maybe someone who is just jealous. Then he will put them near you, so you can hear all the negative things they have to say. If you do anything of value, there will always be someone to oppose it.
Here at Refreshing Hope, we have had people write to say they were praying for us to burn in hell because we wrote, "Thank you for your support" at the bottom of our devotional.
Shake it off, move on. People who would love to be around you are just around the corner. Of course, you should behave correctly. But don't waste time worrying about what someone else thinks of you. God loves you today. What can man do to change that? Don't let someone else discourage you and hold you back from what God has in store for you.
Never be ashamed to share your faith boldly when given an opportunity. But if they don't want to hear from you, shake it off, change the subject, and don't force the gospel on them. When they talk about you and put you down, shake it off and move on. Others will welcome the good news. Prayer: Heavenly Father, please speak to me and through me today. Put Your words in my heart and show me who to share them with. Turn me into good salt and a bright light. Please help me to shake off the bad and focus on the good. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!
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