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Jesus & Me

 I know it’s been a while and very inconsistent. There really isn’t too much to say that doesn’t change the fact that I have been MIA for months.

But, this is my word that moving forward, you will get these pearls weekly! From my lengthy revelations to my quick reflections.

Every week there will be a new post. Feel free to hold me to that!

Now, for my most recent mini revelation…

Let me start by saying, when I read the Bible I visualize as if I’m in the story being read so with that being said…

I know Jesus would’ve been sick of me! Some of the stuff Jesus said really makes me laugh out loud. 

God or Family

For instance, picture this:
You’re sitting listening to Jesus teach and someone quietly walks over to Him to give a message… and you hear the person say:

“Jesus your mother and brothers are outside”

And he responds and says “Who is my mother and brothers?!!” Then looks at his disciples and say… “here is my mother and my brothers”… and anyone doing the will of my father ! (Matthew 12:46-50)

I know for a FACT… I would’ve laughed. I would’ve been so shocked that I couldn’t do anything but laugh. Laughter is my first response 90% of the time. If you think about it, don’t you wonder what the man who told Jesus they were there did after that point?

Did he just stand there or did he go back outside and say… “he’s busy at the moment” or did he just not go back outside?

All I could think about was how it made His family feel. And then I heard: “It’s not about them…” 

We say God you can use me! Use me to do your Will! Then we check in with our family, friends, and spouses to see if THEY approve or agree with what God told you to do. How crazy is that?! 

I’ve been guilty of this myself. For a long time when I was young I had formed this belief that I didn’t know God. A belief I had picked up after being around religious people who went to Church two-three times per week and could quote scripture without hesitation. But because I couldn’t remember scripture at a drop of the dime, or wasn’t “in the Lord” as long as others, then clearly my relationship with God was nonexistent. Not too mention I was still struggling with sin. 

So, after hearing, you don’t know God for so long I started to believe it.

When God started to reveal Himself to me more and more I would brush it off and ignore it because clearly I was tripping, I didn’t know God. Remember? 

This kept me stuck in a cycle of ignoring God for a long time because I believed I needed someone else to validate my relationship with God. This was a lie straight from the pits of hell. 

We want God to use us for His glory until it means not being popular. Until you’re having to turn your back to family, friends, or those people you use to want approval from so badly. Then that’s when the average person starts to compromise. 

Don’t be so caught up with wanting the approval of other people or being popular that you find yourself fighting to remain likeable, accepted, and in the know. 

As I read this scripture it was the revelation I needed at the right exact time.  Jesus gave up EVERYTHING to do the will of God. He walked away from it all without hesitation or reservation (talk about being all in).

Jesus saved the world and the world HATED Him while He was doing it. 

 

THE REVELATION

One of the things you hear a lot of in society especially in the black community is “you don’t turn your back on family”. But, Jesus literally tells someone in Luke 14:26 that you can’t be a disciple unless you’re willing to do that if those connections are standing in the way of you and the Word of God. 

There will come a time when what God says will contradict what you have been told growing up, and you will need to be strong enough to walk away when you realize what God is calling you to do vs what the world is pressuring you to do. 

You can’t answer the call of God and expect to be loved for it or keep those that you may have known and loved close. This doesn’t mean create tension and strife between you and those people. It means knowing that everybody can’t go where God is calling you and you don’t need everyone’s approval. Just God’s.

One of the descriptions of Jesus was that He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised and we held him in low esteem” (read Isaiah 53:3) Jesus wasn’t popular, He was necessary! Necessary in the way that air is necessary to sustain life.

We don’t value air until we can’t breathe. I bet as you have been reading this you haven’t once thought of how many breaths you’ve taken. But those breaths were still essential.

It’s not always going to be pretty and you’re not always going to be well liked. If liked at all. But, who said being liked was a sign of achievement?

The people who make real change, don’t fit in. So the next time you find yourself struggling with not being seen, or fitting in, remember the goal isn’t to be seen. Keep your eyes on God.

I don’t know about you, but I desperately needed that when I got it. Let me know in the comments your thoughts and what you have been up to since we last interacted. Have you seen our “I Am What I Am” tees? We just restocked! 

Last, DONT CAST YOUR PEARLS BEFORE PIGS what you bring into any situation is precious and deserve to be selective about who you share YOU with. Jesus made it clear, if they don’t receive you… kick the dust from your feet and take your PEACE with you. (We will talk about this next week)

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