To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven Ecclesiastes 3:11KJV
Imagine having a grand idea or an assignment from God. It may be something that you think is truly spectacular but instead of being celebrated you’re ridiculed, rejected by men and your accomplishments considered failures. You become the laughing stock of the circles you run in and very few take your work seriously. What if I told you that your labor was not in vain, in fact after you die you will be celebrated among men and people will commemorate your accomplishments. You will be distinguished.
A few weeks ago, I decided to read the fictional book “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neal Hurston. Less about the book and more about the person, Ms. Hurston is now considered one of the greatest literary authors of all time. Her book has been a bestseller and is considered a classic. However as I read the foreword to the book, I learned that when this particular book was published in 1937 it was not accepted and was scorned. According to the forward, the harshest critiques came from black male critics particularly those who were esteemed at the time such as Richard Wright. It wasn’t until some thirty years later that her book began to make its way into black studies departments and in the mid-70’s organizations began to demand that the book go back into print. Sadly, Ms. Hurston died in 1960 well before this rebirth of her book as a great piece of literature. It was only after her death that her work was given life.
Similarly, sometimes God calls us to do a great work or give a good word but people aren’t ready to receive it. Perhaps you can recall a time when you heard a sermon or read a story that at the time felt empty but you later recalled it vividly as it connected to your life. If you are anything like me, you may remember the work or the words from an elder that meant little to you in your childhood but now they are full of meaning. You too may have something that you have shared but those around you weren’t ready to receive it.
Even Jesus gained life only after His death. During His time on earth performing miracles and speaking ministering to others, He was mocked, ridiculed and ultimately put to death by his doubters. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him…. Luke 23:10-11 NIV As you know, Jesus gained much more notoriety after His death on the cross and His new life was revealed.
While people may not be able to acknowledge your words and your work right now, know that what you are doing is not in vain. The work that you do, the life that you live, the words that you speak will live on even after you have transitioned whether that’s literally or figuratively. There is life after death.
Thank You for not allowing me to be consumed with acknowledgements from people but instead recognizing that the life that I live has a greater purpose. Continue to motivate me to do Your will and the assignments that You have placed in my life whether other people can recognize their value or not. I serve an awesome God whose ways are higher than mine and thoughts are higher than my thoughts. Continue to order my steps in Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies today I EMPOWER you to just do it. Do what God has called you to do not seeking the approval of men. Step out on faith and even in the midst of doubt continue to persevere. Know that your reward comes from heaven and someday you will reap the goodness that you have sown.
Has God placed an assignment on your life but that has been met by doubters? Share your story.
Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.