The topic of acceptance has been something that has been on my heart a lot recently. It has mainly related to my blog and Instagram page. What I finally realised is that both of these things will grow according to God’s timing and not mine. The people who are meant to read these posts will. He also reminded me that it is still my duty to promote my blog but that when my site generates traffic or my Instagram receives a certain amount of followers, it won’t be because of me, it will be because of Him.
One of my favourite songs is ‘Number’s Game’ by Jahaziel, he talks about his personal struggle as an artist with regards to his following. He spoke about the effect that it could have because when he didn’t sell as many albums as he hoped to, it made him feel ‘demoralised.’ One thing that that song showed me was that our hopes are different than God’s plans.
In a generation where we are constantly trying to validate ourselves based on other peoples perceptions of us, it gets so easy to lose sight of God’s plan for us. Instead of walking in line with our purpose, we try and do things for the ‘likes’ or ‘views’ of others. We try and tailor ourselves to fit in, instead of standing in the place that God called you to be.
God recently reminded me that it is so important to never water down the Bible to suit others. Hebrews 5:12 emphasises the difference between us living off of milk and off of solid food. We are told to grow in order for us to be able to digest the solid food, not to just be satisfied with drinking the milk. To be perfectly honest, beyond the Gospels, the New Testament isn’t pretty. We love to make a distinction between the Old and New Testament God, but God has stayed the same and our relationship (as mankind) with God has stayed the same, we fall short, but God loves us too much to allow us to perish (pretty good summary of the Bible right? LOL). In my next post, I will expand more on what I mean when I say that the New Testament isn’t pretty.
What I really want to do is to just encourage you all to just stand strong and to continue to walk in your calling. It can be so disheartening when you do not receive instant praise (likes or views) from others, but just remember that you were called, your salvation is so much more important than any amount of likes.