To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 2 CORINTHIANS 2:16, NIV
Within all of us, I believe, is a lingering self-doubt. We may look like we've got life totally wired, but we know we don't. So it hurts when our own insecurities are thrown back in our face—especially when they involve our desire to follow Christ wholly and fully.
That's exactly what happened to a friend who sensed God's calling on his life to enter Christian ministry as a vocation. When he informed his mom of his decision, she said, "There was a time when I was extremely proud of you. It's a shame that you're throwing six years of education and two degrees down the drain."
His aunt was no kinder in her assessment. She wrote him to say, "You may think you're about to do a noble thing. However, my dear nephew, that is not the case at all. What you're about to become is another blood-sucking leech on the neck of society, draining the hard-earned resources of the people of this land. If you were my son, I would have you see a psychiatrist, for only a sick person would be sold a bill of goods as you have been."
How does a person respond to words like these? Even devoted followers of Christ know how hard it can be to discern the inaudible voice of an invisible God. So when others belittle a choice you've made because of your relationship with Him, whom do you believe?
It's natural to feel unsure sometimes about the specifics of His will. And you do need people in your life who will provide balance and hold you accountable.
Ultimately, you must develop a confidence in God that sustains you when others doubt you. Let His pleasure with you be your source of confidence.
Has there been a time when others questioned a decision you made out of obedience to Christ? Is God leading you in a direction today that you need to obey?
Pray that you will have the faith, courage and perseverance to obey God . . . regardless.