And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. (Luke 20:20 KJV)
Let the haters motivate you to succeed!
He had walked all the way from the city area, about three miles to see me. He didn't drive or take the bus. He explained that he was so tense inside that he believed the cool walk would have helped to relieve the pressure inside. The gentleman was happy to have someone to talk with. He wanted to just let out.
Having listened to him, I could see that he was at his peak pressure point and I was happy that he came. Trying times on his job was causing all of this. He had recently returned from living overseas and was being quite innovative in making a difference at his place of employ. After he started being a difference maker, his co-workers took off their mouth speech and he started feeling a sense of negativity from his superior. He explained that his boss was probably threatened by the many commendations he was getting from his employers.
The gentleman was well qualified, ambitious and determined. I learned that during our conversation. I could see that he would reach very far in life. He was at the point of planning to exit his homeland again and fly back to the place where he had studied and worked for a while because, according to him, he never felt the negative vibes there.
Having listened to him, I said, "Friend, let your HATERS motivate you to succeed - to excel. From talking with you, I can see that you were not made to be around chickens and ostriches. Those can't fly. You're an EAGLE and EAGLES must SOAR the skies." He smiled.
I knew what he meant, for I sometimes feel the very same pressure, negativity, non support and jealously too at times in my life. In church work, business and politics. I feel it ALL THE TIME! I continued, "Thank God for your HATERS because I believe they help to create in us all a determination to PUSH ON and EXCEL. Whatever your plans are, whether staying or leaving, NEVER LET A HATER GET YOU DOWN. Put your plans in the Master's hands."
Daniel was hated. Joseph was hated. Paul was hated. Moses was hated. Even Jesus was hated too. In the passage of scripture above, this is ONE example of how his haters were trying to get Jesus into trouble and get the rid of him.
Thus, if even the one who we serve was hated and never gave up, WE SHOULDN'T EITHER. Don't Give Up - Don't Give In - Hope is Ahead. Sometimes God allows us to experience certain levels of pressure to push us into a NEW REALM so we can receive the blessings He has for us and we can make our impact else where.
Remember Abram? God caused him to leave his fathers home and religion. He didn't know where he was going, but he believed God's word which said, "MOVE OUT! IF YOU MOVE, I WILL GREATLY BLESS YOU. In obedience, Abram never let what the haters said, keep him back from obeying God's instructions. Bible History tells us of the successful results of his move.
Again. Let the haters motivate you to succeed! Hope is Ahead! Don't Give Up! JESUS LOVES YOU TOO MUCH!