Mark 16:10 – 11 She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
Poor Mary. Imagine how frustrated she must have been. She was telling the truth, but no one believed her! A little while later, when her friends saw Jesus for themselves, I wonder if she wanted to say, “I told you so!”
Probably not. That’s probably just me. 😉
As I read this passage, I couldn’t help but think of Ezekiel. Poor Ezekiel. God gave him a message. God even told him ahead of time that no one would listen. Still, God wanted him to go. Listen to this:
“Do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpians. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious. But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you.” Ezekiel 2:6 – 8
Don’t you imagine Ezekiel felt frustrated when no one would listen to him? Still, he was faithful to tell others what God had laid on his heart. By the world’s standards, Ezekiel was a failure. But he was obedient. By God’s standards, he was a success.
Both Mary and Ezekiel delivered God’s truth. Both were rejected.
Hmmmmm . . .
Sometimes, I feel frustrated. I walk the line between wanting to tell everyone I know about God’s goodness. Yet, will they reject me? Like Mary, will they think I’m crazy? Like Ezekiel, will they lash out at me?
Still, I must tell. As much as I want everyone to like me, I’d rather have God’s approval than man’s.
Most of the time, anyway.
I pray that I will be bold, like Ezekiel. I pray that, like Mary, I will be so filled with the joy of the good news of Jesus Christ that I will tell everyone I meet!
And I pray that they will listen.
Dear Father, Help me to see success through your eyes, and not through the world’s standards. Help me to share Your message, whether people listen or not.