February 25, 2010

Prove Yourself

Written by Boyd Bailey

Prove Yourself… “When Jesus entered the ruler’s house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd, he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him.” Matthew 9:23-24

Do you feel at times you have to prove yourself, before you are taken seriously? If so, you are in good company, because even Jesus had to silence skeptics. He knew there would be those skeptical of the supernatural, but He let His actions do the defending. Are you facing someone or something that questions your creditability? Do not let another’s lack of confidence shake your confidence–stay faithful and critics will grow silent.

Some may laugh out loud at your newfound faith, or your big vision for God, but use this to motivate, not discourage you. If the Lord is leading you to do something out of the ordinary, lean into His extraordinary resources. Dismiss any fanfare of words and focus on the steady implementation of goals and good deeds. Faith without works is dead.

“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26, NKJV). “But wisdom is proved right by her actions” (Matthew 11:19).

It may be in your marriage or dating relationships– your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend is weary of your words. They don’t desire more promises, only progress. So take the time to build back their trust by serving them unselfishly. Do what needs to be done with a grateful heart and trust God with the results. Even after you enjoy a pattern of advancement they may not warm up until they see more evidence of your authenticity.

It may not be fair that you have to prove yourself, but it is the reality of where you live. So avoid making excuses or blaming circumstances, and instead steadily gain back your creditability with your growing character and your compelling competence. Don’t defend yourself; if they laughed at Jesus, they will laugh at His followers. Heal don’t hurt.

Fortunately your Heavenly Father accepts you just as you are, you have nothing to prove. Thus, you can rest in His total acceptance and appropriate the confidence of Christ into your attitude. Stay the course of humble obedience– trust Christ with your creditability. The world questions and laughs, but Jesus has proven His sacrificial love on the cross.

“They bruised his feet with shackles, his neck was put in irons, till what he foretold came to pass, till the word of the LORD proved him true” (Psalm 105:18-19).

Who do I need to serve in silence and trust the Lord for validation?

Related Readings: Genesis 18:12-15; Job 12:4; 2 Corinthians 9:13; 1 Peter 1:7

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