Friday, December 23, 2011


Matthew 9:34 But the Pharisees said, “He can cast out demons because he is empowered by the prince of demons.” (NLT)

Can you remember losing points on a test or redoing homework because you misunderstood the directions? I can. Sometimes it was because I was hurrying to answer questions before I forgot the answers. Like the young man rushing to complete his final test before Christmas break. He empties his brain and turns in his paper only to have the teacher return it; he forgot to put his name on it. Aggravated, he begins to write his name but sees the following: “Name worth 100 points. Merry Christmas.” Jesus was misunderstood by most religious leaders. They accused him of undermining their authority, stealing their followers, challenging their traditions and exposing their insincere motives. They return the favor by falsely accusing him and having their enemies crucify him. When following God unreservedly, others will sometimes misunderstand us. They may question our motives, undermine our work and even attempt to tarnish our reputation. But keeping your eyes focused on God’s plan and responding to criticism with love will ensure a successful venture.

Let nothing steal your focus.