Good afternoon! Happy Friday. We have successfully made it to the end of a work/school week. God is good!
TFTD: Apologizing for the Wrong Things
Proverbs 3:26New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.
Philippians 1:6New King James Version (NKJV)
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
Have you ever found yourself apologizing for who you are or who you have become in Christ? It’s one thing to apologize for doing something wrong, but to offer an apology to someone for being who Christ called you to be is absurd. Yes, absurd. Please don’t take offense. I can say this because I used to be guilty of apologizing until Jesus got me straight. I remember how I used to decline assignments (in the kingdom at work or school) in an effort to give someone else a chance because I didn’t want people to get tired of seeing me up front or mad at me. I even recall knowing the answer to questions and biting my tongue because I didn’t want to be considered “Ms. Know it all”. Here I was spinning my wheels, jumping through hoops and sitting on my gifts in an effort to make someone else feel useful and competent.
Jesus showed me that by apologizing to man for who I had become in Christ, I was telling God He made a mistake. Ouch, right? God never makes mistakes. The reason why believers apologize to man for who they have become is because they lack confidence in their new calling. I lacked confidence. Confidence is defined as the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust. God’s word tells us that He will be our confidence; HE WILL BE OUR FIRM TRUTH! It also tells us that we can be confident or TOTALLY RELY on the truth that if Christ started something in us, He will complete it. Romans 8:28 (NKJV) says, 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. When we know something, we have confidence in it, we trust it, we believe it in, we can rely on it. Therefore we can have confidence that ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD!!!
Stop catering to insecure people by apologizing for your gifts and talents. The reality is everyone won’t like you. As great as Jesus was and is, people hated Him in the past and others hate Him today. Are we any better than Jesus? I think not. Haters are going to hate so let them. People will have issues with you because they are led by the spirits of jealousy, envy, strife, covetousness, and more. People will not like you because you are walking in your calling while they are sitting on their rear end complaining. There are a lot of people even in the body of Christ, who allow themselves to be used by the devil. Pray for them, but don’t apologize to them for being a new creature in Christ.
God gave you your gifts and talents because He knew He could trust you with them. He also knew you would need them to carry out your purpose. The reason why you are being sought after for projects, assignments, leadership roles and more is because people can sense your genuine spirit. They have watched you and know you are qualified. Perhaps they were referred to you due to your outstanding work ethic. Your reputation will proceed you. When you are actively walking in your calling people will notice.
If you are guilty of apologizing for who you are in Christ, I encourage you to stop apologizing and continue walking in your purpose! Keep a humble spirit with your eyes fixed on Jesus and He will show you favor among man. Have confidence that God didn’t make a mistake in choosing you. He knew you were the right person for the task given to you.
Have a blessed weekend!
Mrs. Nicole “Sunshine” Ellis, MBA
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