There is a lie out there that when you are doing as God has called you to do, everything will be smooth sailing. While we do know that God is faithful, our protector, and our refuge, this simply is not true.
If we look at people through the bible doing as God has called them to do, this often brought criticism to the world. Look at apeter in Acts 11, preaching the gospel to those who were “unclean” from the world’s standards. This brought much criticism from those who did not understand what Holy Spirit had spoken to him. When criticism rearing its ugly head, remember who you call to and that you are already approved by God. Not only that, but you are appointed by him too. We see in Acts 11:12 that Holy Spirit speaks to Peter that he “accompany them with no doubts at all“. I think this is important to key in on, because sometimes we can he focused so much on the opinion of other’s that it causes us to doubt and waver. But the Holy Spirit instructs him before hand to trust in HIS plan and go with boldness and courageousness.
I feel like I talk about this alot on here…
However, it is important to realize there will always be “haters”. People’s responses to you doing what God has called you to do is a reflection of their hearts not yours. Do what God has called you to do, despite the critics. Walk with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, bold, courageous, and fearless!
Another great example of this is our perfect example, Jesus.
He was perfectly obedient and flipped the world upside down! Remember, our home is not earthly it is heavenly. Therefore, just as Jesus did we should think and act differently according to the world’s standards. Jesus brought a heavenly perspective and all truth. Even when the “highest and most religious believers” were faced with Jesus…they brought hostility. Jesus see’s the heart and deals accordingly. Which is why it is so important to be obedient to Holy Spirit, despite what it seems like or feels like. God is after heart transformation, not just appearing good on the outside. Jesus suffered for his obedience and we should expect trials and tribulations as well. However, Jesus commanded us to “take heart, he has overcome the world” and “the suffering we endure now does not compare to the glory that is coming later”! We are on the winning side. Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions and criticism.
Its oftentimes when you are doing exactly what God has called you to do, there is a ton of spiritual warfare. Do not be discouraged. Even through the storms of life God will refine you to be more like him and is working everything our for your good. Put on your armor, remember the real enemy. There will always be critics are those who do not understand. People’s approval and criticism does not matter. Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. You are approved and appointed!