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Shake The Dust Off

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” -Romans 1:16 CSB

If there has been one common question in the family of God, it is what is my purpose? Or phrased a little bit differently, what is God’s Will? Throughout scripture we see regular people like you and I healing the sick, setting people free from demon’s, multitudes being set free through the blood of Jesus, and fire dropping down from heaven and huge crowds speaking in tongues. God’s will and desire for us to be apart of the miraculous power found through the Holy Spirit has never changed. However, I have seen over and over and even dealt with myself a few of these common denominators of why people do not live in fulfillment of the power of the Holy Spirit.

The biggest reason why I have seen people not living out the true will of God is because of their fear of man rather than obedience to God. When you are a follower of Jesus Christ you are faced with an abundance of rejection and even hatred for fulfilling the will of the father. If we hold onto the rejection of man rather than the acceptance of God, we are filled with grief, sorrow, and guilt we were never meant to carry. In fact, there is a common phrase that Jesus speaks to the disciples as he charges them to spread the Good News. You can find this phrase throughout Acts, Matthew 10:14-22, Mark 6:7-13, and Luke 9:5.

If they do not accept you, shake the dust off your feet.

Specifically, in Acts 13, we are shown Paul and Barnabas spreading the gospel through the region. As they were leaving, the people were urging them to stay and talk more about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Huge crowds were coming to hear the good news and experience the salvation and love found through Jesus Christ. However, there was one problem, the Jews were jealous. I could write a whole different  post on jealousy and envy and how it demonic, but I will save that for another time. These Jews were so jealous of Paul and Barnabas that they banned them from coming back! I know what you are thinking, “you mean to tell me that they were fulfilling the will of God and sharing the love of Jesus and they were being expelled from areas because of people’s jealously?”. Yes, that is exactly what the bible says.

So many people, including myself in the past, have their expectation in the wrong place. We oftentimes try to please man and say it is fulfilling the will of God. When our motives of our heart are to please people, when people hurt us, we stop doing what God asked us to do. We think that just because we are rejected, it could not possibly be fulfilling the will of God. This could not be further from the truth. Jesus himself did not even accept man’s glory,

“I do not accept glory from people, but I know you—that you have no love for God within you. I have come in my Father’s name, and yet you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, since you accept glory from one another but don’t seek the glory that comes from the only God? -John 5:41-44 CSB

The truth is, as Jesus spoke, the only acceptance and glory we should truly be after is what God so freely wants to share with us. You and I while fulfilling the purpose God has for us are going to be faced with many challenges and maybe even some pruning of people pleasing. When people do not accept what you have to say about Jesus, understand it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with their heart. Maybe like the Jews they are dealing with jealousy and envy or maybe they are not ready to hear the message but you have planted a seed that God will give growth to later.

What is important is that when you are rejected that you do not let it dull your roar or harden your heart. You are I are to shake the dust off just as Paul and Barnabas display in Acts 13.

“When the Gentiles heard this, they rejoiced and honored the word of the Lord, and all who had been appointed to eternal life believed.  The word of the Lord spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the prominent God-fearing women and the leading men of the city. They stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas and expelled them from their district. But Paul and Barnabas shook the dust off their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:48-52

Paul and Barnabas set their attention on those who were appointed to believe in eternal life, they were not focused on the Jews that did not accept them and eventually kicked them out of the town. So how do we shake the dust off? Shaking the dust off simply means understanding that those people’s reactions were not based upon you doing or not doing something. It is understanding that their reaction was based upon them not knowing Jesus and rejecting what Holy Spirit was speaking through you. I would strongly suggest to fervently pray for those who reject or show hatred toward you. The saying I is true that the people that hurt us the most are the people who are in desperate need of our prayers. Even though they did not accept what we had to say, does not mean a seed was not planted. And it certainly does not mean we cannot pray for their hearts to be softened. God does not give up on his kids and neither should we! Shaking the dust off means rejecting the responsibility of guilt for the rejection of the message. God knows when we shake the dust off and does not take it lightly.

If we focus on rejection and do not shake the dust off we miss the joy of the progress this far and the appointed time for others. You are not held responsible for other people’s reactions. But you are going to be held accountable for your boldness and continuance of the Gospel. God desires us to be unashamed of the Gospel. He desires us to share the good news and if people do not accept what we have to say to pray for their hearts to be softened. Like Paul and Barnabas, if we are rejected or shown hatred we should not take it personally and understand that this is a spiritual war, it is not us being rejected it is the Holy Spirit in us that they do not like. Remember there was a time in both our lives that the scales did not fall off yet but we were so desperately searching for Jesus. Thank God for the people who prayed for us and planted seeds along the way. Thank God for the forgiveness that we have for hurting those people unintentionally because we were lost. We must be those people who shake the dust off and are unashamed of the Gospel. While there may be people who are not ready to receive the gospel, there is a field ready to be harvested. It is as simple as shaking the dust off of the past and sharing what God has done in your life. Are you willing to be bold and unashamed of the Gospel?

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work,” Jesus told them.  “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen to what I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, because they are ready for harvest. -John 4:34-35 CSB

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The Little Things

Go talk to them, Holy Spirit speaks to you in the middle of the grocery store. Pray for ______, he tugs on your heart yet again. Go speak this to the congregation. Send this song to ________. There are so many times where God pulls on our heart to do something. Holy Spirit in a gentle whisper speaks to us to do things unexpectedly and spontaneously. He tells us to do things out of the normal, where if we hesitate the enemy tries to sneak in seeds of doubt that was ever Holy Spirit in the first place.

There are a couple things that I have learned throughout these gentle nudges from Holy Spirit. One being, not everyone responds the way you would hope. There are times of rejection where the people God told you to pray for, the things he told you to, are not recipocated by the person on the recieving end. But, that is okay. God never tells you to be obedient to something that does not have eternal value. Oftentimes, people aren’t recipocal because they aren’t ready for what God has to say. Jesus was rejected plenty when we look throughout scripture. Yet, that did not stop him from doing the will of the Father. It does not matter what people do in response, what matters is that God called you to do it. There have been times where God has told me to pray over someone and they said no. But, I responded in love letting them know that God see’s them and knows what they need. By the end of service, she grabbed my hand sobbing and gave her life to Jesus. We do not know the reasons people may not respond how would like them too, but being obedient to what he has spoken to us is so important.

Another thing I have learned about the nudges from Holy Spirit, is to not doubt them. It is okay if things seem out of the ordinary. For instance, sending a song to someone you have not talked to in years. Yet, they come back knowing that it was in God’s timing. Never fail to be obedient because of what it seems like. God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours. He does things in unexpected and heavenly ways. He speaks through us, never miss the chance to be a vessel to bring someone closer to him!

Which leads me to this… Do not miss out on these nudges because of fear. Who cares what other people think!? Each gentle whisper from God is making an eternal difference. Even if you cannot see it now, there will be a day where you will. Fear often likes to creep in to distract us and keep us from doing exactly what God has called us to do in that moment.

I believe it is the little things, such as praying for the random lady at the grocery store or sales clerk, calling someone in the middle of the night, sending a text to let someone know that you are praying for them, and speaking a word that does not make sense to you but God knows, is what makes a huge difference in the heavenly kingdom. God uses us in these moments to show that he is who he says he is, his omnipresence, and his love for us. It’s an opportunity to bring people closer to God and his purposes for them and honestly in my experience, it blesses me just as much as them to be a vessel. It does not matter how people react to what God calls you to do, all that matters is that you are obedient to what he tells you to do, no matter how crazy it seems. Be bold and undeniably fearless all for his purposes.


“Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.” -Luke 16:10-12 CSB


“The wicked flee when no one pursues,
But the righteous are bold as a lion.” -Proverbs 28:1 NKJV

‘Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”-Hebrews 13:1-2 NKJV