When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him.
One thing I love about Jesus is that He didn’t care about people’s opinions of Him. He knew who He was, He understood His mission, He derived His strength and power and direction from the Father and He did not look outside of Himself for approval.
I am so not like Jesus. How often I have censored my words and actions so as to not offend anyone. So often I have ignored my truth because it might not be received well. So often I have looked to others for approval and support. And why?
Is it that I don’t value myself? Is it that I am unsure of my calling? Is it that I think you know more about me than I do? Why do I dismiss the voice of God speaking to me directly in favor of seeking the opinions of others?
I recently had a conversation with a friend who is rebranding her online business. We were going back and forth on ideas and we got to talking about feeling like we’re not enough. We were trying to understand why we allow others into our head and then question our worth.
Was it true? Were we really not as good as we think we are?
I reassured her that she was amazing (and that is absolutely the truth!) and everyone else didn’t know what they were talking about. And I then I said, what if your brand was this….”Fuck You. I’m Awesome.”
Don’t you just wish you could say that and really believe it? That you could be so confident in what you were doing that what others said made no difference at all. Yes, that is how Jesus was.
Jesus didn’t throw in the towel and go back to carpentry when the people in his hometown didn’t accept Him. He didn’t go back to the Garden of Gesthemene and cry when the Pharisees said He was a blasphemer. Jesus loved them even in their disbelief, but He didn’t cater to them or change His plans or question Himself.
That is what I love most about Jesus. Truly. That He was confident. I love it that He relied fully on what God, the Father, showed Him in prayer and He was able to carry it out.
He was willing to take the daily actions. He planted the seeds and let them grow on fertile soil. And those that fell on rocky ground…well that’s just the way it was.
Imagine it! He spoke a truth no one had ever heard or seen before, that was controversial and radical and He called Himself, “I am that I am.” Could there be a more polarizing message? Yet, it wasn’t arrogance that said that. He just knew it was His mission and He knew that others didn’t understand, and couldn’t understand. Even His disciples were confused a lot of the time.
That didn’t deter Him. He explained to those who were receptive. He healed those who were broken. He loved those who knew they needed a Savior.
He knew who He was and He knew that He could not shrink back and allow others to squash His mission. There was too much at stake. So He let the haters hate. And He kept on going.
May we be so bold, so courageous, so confident in God’s love and support of us as we carry out our mission that we too are unstoppable.
P.S. The Courage to Be Yourself Class starts next Thursday! This will absolutely help you learn to be unstoppable. Check it out and join us!