‘…receive…the engrafted word…’ James 1:21
The ‘engrafted Word’ is self-sustaining. It doesn’t require the accolades of men or the support of others to validate it. As Jesus was walking on the water towards His disciples in the boat, Peter said, ‘”…Lord, if it’s you…tell me to come…”‘ (Matthew 14:28 NIV). Jesus gave him one Word, ‘come,’ and Peter started walking. Was he scared? Wouldn’t you be? But his desire was greater than his fear. That’s all you need to get started, a desire for God that’s greater than your doubts and limitations. The other disciples probably didn’t believe Peter could do it. Indeed, those who feared for his safety didn’t want him to try, and those who were competitive with him didn’t want him to succeed. The truth is, the other disciples didn’t understand who was calling to Peter; they thought Jesus was ‘a ghost!’ (Mark 6:49). There’s a lesson here for you: When God gives you a Word and you step out on it, don’t expect everybody to validate it. It’s normal for you to want certain people to see what you see and believe what you believe. But in this verse God prepares you for disagreements between you, and those who don’t understand what God has told you. If you’re not careful, people’s opinions will short-circuit your faith and make you doubt what God has said. God says: ‘I’m not going to confirm what I’ve told you through them. In fact, I don’t even need them to agree with what I’ve spoken concerning you.’ Relax. Be confident in God. You may want all these external support systems, but the truth is, you don’t need them!
till next time,
easy does it 🙂