Read Acts 13:48 – 52
“But the Jews stirred up the devout women of high rank and outstanding men of the town, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their boundaries.
But [the apostles] shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their souls] with joy and the Holy Spirit.”
– Acts 13:50 – 52
Have you ever been pushed out of a ministry position? I have. It is very painful, and with the help of the enemy, it takes a swipe at the core of our sense of competence and adequacy, and even sometimes at our self-esteem.
Jesus prepared His disciples for this eventuality. He told them that if they were not accepted, it was really Him and our Heavenly Father being rejected (Lk. 10:16). His instruction was that they were to shake the dust off their feet against them and move on (Lk. 10:10 & 11). They did just that, and that is obedience!
The result? Hearts full of continual joy and the Holy Spirit. Off they went to Iconium for more powerful ministry and opposition.
Have you encountered this maturity-producing experience yet? If you have not, prepare yourself! With the presence and power of the Holy Spirit come opposition and a battle with our cruel enemy. Can you believe God, shake the dust off your feet, and move on to the next ministry challenge? If so, what do you expect when you get there? Can you move on full of joy and the Holy Spirit, and let our Lord deal with the wound of rejection?
How do these verses impact the way you think about failure and success in ministry? Are you in a place where you must shake the dust off your feet, or continue on where God has planted you?