It's one thing to serve God when glory comes your way, when everyone says what a fine job you did, when you're well known, honored and respected. But it's another thing to continue doing what God has called you to do while people dishonor you and say mean things about you. Even Jesus was despised and rejected.
When we persevere during times like these and when we handle the praises and accolades of people, when it goes either way and we stand firm while being God's servant, He will not be discredited. God rewards His faithful and in time He will certainly vindicate them in the eyes of their enemies. Ours is to stand firm in His grace as spoken about in 2 Corinthians 6:4, 8-9: "In everything commending ourselves as servants of God, but glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true; as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death."
We must ask the Lord to help us stand even when others condemn us or misunderstand, and to help equip and strengthen us to serve God without pride and without shame.
Tomorrow I will share with you a phone call I received over the weekend from a viewer who had some suggestions and critiques of this blog.