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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Don't Listen to Naysayers (Luke 18)

Have you ever been silenced for sharing your faith in Jesus? Maybe you were ignored or shunned. Maybe people responded in anger and tried to block what you were saying. Or maybe people flat out told you to be quiet. What should we do in those situations?

It depends if people are trying to prevent us from sharing Jesus with them personally, with someone else, or from seeking Jesus ourselves.

If you are sharing with someone who does not want to hear the good news of Jesus, stop! We don't ever want to force our faith on someone else. In fact, Jesus said:

Matthew 7:6 Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

So, everyone has a choice as to whether or not they are willing to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved. If they are not willing, respect their choice and move on.

But what if people are trying to prevent you from sharing with someone else who may be interested? Ask for God to show you a path around that roadblock rather than through it. Arguing with people who are not open and teachable never glorifies God.

In the case of these devotions, I started last January, using a different blogger site. After a month or so, that blogger site started censoring my words. So I shut it down and found this blog platform through which people have now read these devotions from 37 countries around the world. That is totally God providing a path around the roadblock.

Then there's the case where you are seeking Jesus with all your heart and someone throws cold water on your flame and tries to get you to stop. What should you do in that case? Seek Jesus all the more, just like the blind beggar did:

Luke 18:35-39 Then it happened, as Jesus was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. [36] And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. [37] So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. [38] And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” [39] Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” [40] So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him.

Jesus ended up healing the man saying, "your faith has made you well."

The only one who wants to stop us from seeking Jesus is Satan. Sometimes he uses people. But when we keep crying out to Jesus in faith, Jesus will hear us and invite us in.

So when someone tells you to stop seeking Jesus, seek Him all the more!

Dear Lord, Thank you for this encouraging passage. Thank you for the reminder to respect the choice of those who choose to reject You while seeking other avenues to share with those who want to accept You. Lord, most of all thank you for the reminder to seek You all the more when people try to discourage me from following and obeying You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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