In part 1 of my series on interruptions I asked the question, “How do you handle interruptions in the midst of living for a higher calling?” The bible helps us to understand how to approach seasons in our lives where people challenge our motivation and even challenge what we fell called to pursue. It’s especially difficult to navigate these moments when the people who are challenging us are those who we “think” love us.
So, I wanted to help those who are fighting these very voices right now. I want you to be able to see in Acts 4 how to answer the question, “What comes out of you when your motives are questioned and you’re encouraged to operate like everyone else?”
Note that the bible says in Acts 4 verse 5-7:
5 The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
So, don’t get it twisted. It’s clear by the very words of Jesus Christ that you should expect interruptions. Don’t be amazed and stall thinking “Why is this happening to me?” There will undoubtedly be times in your life, when you feel most secure in God’s directions when people who you would think know better will make it their jobs to find reasons to shut down what God is doing through you. These are people who don’t understand how God is moving. Jesus himself said this in Luke 21:12-19:
12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me.”
[I LOVE THIS STUFF] Watch this folks, here’s the good news:
14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.
In other words, Pastor G is trying to give you a reason to make up your mind TODAY not to worry TOMORROW about what people are going to do or say to try and interrupt where God is leading you. You don’t even have to wreck your brain over how to win the argument with ’em. You don’t have to construct a Facebook reply or a tweet. All you have to do is trust that when folks close to you seek to challenge God’s outcomes pray for them and STAND FIRM. Why, because in the end GOD WINS! And guess what, as long as you’re on His team you win too.
John E. Girton, Jr. (aka Pastor G) is a success coach and motivational speaker who brings empowerment and entrepreneurial expertise to every audience. Pastor G shares life lessons and biblical jewels to help people reach their full potential.
As a former instructor of Journalism and Telecommunications at Ball State University and Tennessee State University and a business owner for the past 20+ years, Pastor G remains on the cutting edge of technology and is seen weekly on his Ustream channel and at the virtual ministry he and his wife founded in 2008 www.thelovingchurch.org and johngirtonspeaks.com.