Wipe it off
‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless, know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’ Luke 10:11
We have many opportunities in life to become offended and we often take them. Maybe because of something that was said, or maybe it was something that wasn’t said. Usually, we become offended because of some action that someone did that we didn’t feel was appropriate or the “right” way to handle something. Many times it happen just by what someone says.
Today’s scripture is the answer and solution when we are tempted to get offended. Jesus told His disciples to go out into other cities and minister there. He told them not to take any provisions with them and trust that the people being ministered to would take care of them. Then He tells them that if their message was not received, don’t hold on to hurt feelings and disappointments, just shake it off and it was a testimony against them.
That is what we must do when offense or any hurt and bitter feelings try to take over our heart, shake them off. Of course, this is easier said than done. Many times I have found myself heading in the direction of offense and didn’t even realize it until days later. So, the first step to staying out of offense is to recognize when the temptation is coming. Although offense is very subtle, you can recognize its symptoms right from the beginning. First peace will leave your heart and you begin thinking about the situation almost continuously. Fear will settle in, and you begin to wonder why this happened and how could someone be that way? Then you will begin to rally those closest to you around your hurt feeling by telling them the situation which ultimately results in complaining. Most times when you are getting offended, you do not want to go right to God with the subject, you want to examine it from every angle first, over and over again.
After you have set these warning signs in place and use these feelings as an alarm to alert you when you are stepping toward the bait of offense, the first step is to go to God and get your peace back. Then you will have the power to shake off the resentment and disappointment that was trying to trip you up. Even if you just start by saying to God: Lord, I don’t know why I am feeling this way, but I know it isn’t right. Show me how to shake these judgy and resenting feeling off and to step away from this trap of offense that is luring me in.
Today I want to encourage you to wipe off the dust under your feet as a testimony against whatever and whoever is bringing an offense toward you. Set the boundaries and use the feelings that come in when you are turning toward offense as a warning to you to go to your heavenly Father instead. Ask Him to forgive you and whoever has hurt you and then ask for the power to shake these feeling off and get your peace back. Offense is a trap, and the good news is you can escape it and avoid it. By talking to God first and staying there until you have a release, you can stay out of the enemy’s plan to snare you in those ugly and bitter feelings of being offended.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 10:1-12
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go.
2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
3 Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
4 Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet no one along the road.
5 But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest on it; if not, it will return to you.
7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not go from house to house.
8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.
9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’
10 But whatever city you enter, and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
11 ‘The very dust of your city which clings to us we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near you.’
12 But I say to you that it will be more tolerable in that Day for Sodom than for that city.