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Sunday, September 20, 2009
Shake It Off!
"Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet." Matthew 10:14
As Jesus began to prepare His disciples for their calling as leaders in the Church, He decided they needed to go out on their own and learn to do what they had previously seen Him do. For soon Jesus would no longer be physically with them and they needed to know who to operate in His absence. So He gathered the disciples together and instructed them to go out into the surrounding cities to preach and demonstrate the Kingdom of God. At the very end of His instructions, Jesus tells his disciples to do something, that is not as spectacular as His other instructions, but is essential to their having success in what they have been assigned to do. This essential piece of wisdom that Jesus shared with his disciples has just as much application and revelation for us today, as it did when He originally spoke these words over 2000 years ago.
Jesus first instructs His disciples to take no money for their journey, preach the Kingdom of Heaven, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons and when it is all said and done - know when to "shake the dust off".
Jesus said that their ability to shake off criticism, rejection, opposition and other people's opinion of them was just as important as their preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing lepers and casting out demons. Jesus knew that their ability to overcome persecution and rejection was critical to their ability to succeed at what He told them to do. If they succumbed to criticism and rejection, there would be no preaching, healing, raising or cleansing because they would quit and abandon what they were sent to do.
We too must learn to shake off the dust that others cast upon us to stop us and move forward in life. There are times in life when we will have to go at it alone! If you never learn to shake off what life and others will place upon you, you will find yourself bound and unable to move forward in life because you're carrying things and burdens that God never intended for you to carry.
Not only must we learn to shake off the dirt that others place upon us, but we must also learn to shake off the dirt that we've accumulated and held onto over the years. There are things in our pasts that have clung to us to remind us of what we used to be. This dirt may be failures, words that have wounded us or mistakes we've made that we are trying to make up for that hinder us in moving forward into our assignments and callings. Many of the disciples had less than desirable pasts that they had to shake off and move forward despite their history. There was Matthew the tax collector who had to shake of the guilt, shame and condemnation of his past occupation in order to move forward in the ministry that Christ had given him. If Matthew had not learned to shake off what he knew about himself, and what others were saying about him, he would not have been able to minister with the conviction and power necessary for him to do what Christ instructed him to do. The enemy will use other people's attitudes and opinions to try to cause you to doubt yourself and forfeit what God has for you.
What is it that you've allowed to lay dormant because of rejection, opposition or someone's opinion of you? Has someone said something to you that has caused you to doubt yourself, your ability, purpose or future? If so, do what Jesus told His disciples to do - "shake it off" and keep moving!
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