Daily Devotion, 02/06/18, “An Audience of One”
“After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death. But soon it was time for the Jewish Festival of Shelters, and Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles! You can’t become famous if you hide like this! If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!’ For even his brothers didn’t believe in him.” John 7:1-5 NLT
Did you catch that last sentence? Can you imagine how much this must have hurt Jesus? He had the most important mission the world has ever known and His own family didn’t believe in Him! In mark 3:21, His family actually came to take Him home because they thought He was crazy. Wow! Thanks for the support! That being said, when you think it through it makes sense. Would your family believe you if you claimed to be God? The difference with Jesus was that Mary knew He was God’s Son before He was even born. She witnessed the miracle of His birth, the angels, the wise men, the shepherds and so on. Besides that, He was performing miracles and teaching at a level that set Him apart. Even still, they didn’t believe. It must have been sad for Him. To not have the support of those closest to you always is.
Some of you have wonderful, supportive families and a crowd of friends who cheer you on as you try to live for Christ and do something significant with your life. That’s not the case with others of you. You have significant people in your life who do not share our faith or at least not at the level you live it out. Some of them are critical of the time, money and energy you spend making a difference in and with your church family. Some of you have outspoken critics who mock your faith every chance they get. It hurts when they don’t share your passion. It hurts when they don’t understand. It hurts when they make comments that are less than kind and supportive.
Jesus understands your pain and disappointment. He gets it. He felt what you’re feeling and kept going. As painful as not having His family behind Him was, there were two things He drew strength from. He knew His Father was behind Him and He knew He had a mission to accomplish. Your Father is behind you too, even if no one else is. Your mission, whatever it is that God has given you to do, is too important to quit. Do what you do for the Audience of One who is on your side. May His affirmation be enough for you today. Ultimately, His opinion will be the only one that counts anyway. You are loved!
PS BTW, Jesus mother and brothers eventually got it. They too became fully devoted followers later on in the story. Let’s pray that happens in our stories also.