As my sister and I often talk about God and delve into the depths of His soul, we discover more of Him and receive these beautiful revelations He lavishes on us. Jesus was the most misunderstood person. Religious mindsets put Jesus in a box and anything outside of that box is considered wrong. It’s judged, ridiculed, mocked. The world misunderstands because they lack the Spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear Him clearly. The world is at war against the things of God. As worshippers, we realize that as we begin to carry more of His nature, we too will be misunderstood, judged, and disliked.
My sister and I learned a hard lesson – that not everyone will like us as we move more into the calling and ministry He has put on our lives. God spoke to us and showed us that not everyone liked Jesus either. In the beginning, that was extremely hard for us to grasp. Naturally, we desired to be liked by everyone, no enemies, no conflict, but that just isn’t reality, especially when you follow Christ. Your story won’t look like anyone else’s story, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t uniquely designed just for you. You may be the first one to walk a new adventure unfamiliar yet and we need to be a brave people willing to take risks we’ve never taken to allow God to take us where we’ve never been. When we truly stand for something, it’s natural to have people oppose us. As our Pastor once said, “we are ruined for the ordinary.” Isn’t that the truth!
God has not called us to a life of comfort, security or ordinary tasks. He has called us to a life of extraordinary measures, supernatural risks, and unfortunately discomfort, which means we must step out of ourselves and everything we know, to truly follow where He leads. It’s a life that many will not understand, but one that should never stop us from discovering all there is to discover. May we be a people willing to cross dimensions and boundaries, step out of our boxes and explore what we’ve always been too afraid or insecure to explore! God is more than we can fathom and He has so much for us to experience. We limit God with our finite minds. We set parameters with God. We need to see the beginning, the end and the in between, but we have to give that up to walk in faith. For far too long, the church has been too religious and afraid to step into the unknown. What stops us? Fear! We may be looked at as weird, out of our minds, deceived – the list goes on. However, it’s in these times that God wants to pour out so much more of His Spirit. Who is willing to be fearless in what others may think?
My sister and I believe we are truly living in a season that has never been seen before. God never does anything the same way. He is doing a new thing and it doesn’t look like anything we have ever witnessed before. He is searching for hearts that are willing and open to dive off the cliff and trust His wings to carry you to new heights, to understand that the task you may be given may set you up for ridicule, judgement and criticism. May we be a people who are willing to walk in righteousness and holiness, despite what we think to be “normal.” May we walk worthy of our calling, full of confidence and a fierce boldness that comes from Christ alone. So will this life He is calling us to live be misunderstood? Yes! Oh, but it’s worth it. The cost is worth being misunderstood, ridiculed, mocked and judged. Our prayer is that God’s daughters would be willing, just like Mary. Imagine what was spoken about her. The ridicule she must have endured, being misunderstood and judged, but she knew what many others did not. That the Savior of the world would be born! Many people judge because they just don’t know the whole story.
When my sister and I were called to walk this journey together, we instantly lost friends. Many we thought would support, encourage and understand fell off. But we knew in our heart of hearts that what God called us to do may leave us alone, however we would always have each other and our families and we were willing! We never look back or regret saying yes to this! Two best friends, two sisters, two ordinary girls called to risk and leave the ordinary behind to dive into something much bigger than us, and while we don’t know where He is taking us, the journey becomes more thrilling and exciting with every passing day! God is longing to impregnate His daughters with the extraordinary. Who will He find?