Do not be afraid. It will dawn on them.
It was only after many years that the brothers of Joseph realised who their brother really was, and discovered his dreams were not a threat to them, but a gift to them, to save their very lives.
It was only after breaking bread that the eyes of My disciples from Emmaus were opened to My real identity.
Sometimes I will deliberately hide your real identity from people’s hearts so that:
1. I can protect you. There are environments in which if your real identity and mandate was to be revealed, they would kill you and the baby in your womb would not see the light of day. So while you pass through them in training, I hide you, so that you may live.
2. The real nature of the hearts of men can be revealed. If you meet with a king’s son and immediately recognise him for who he is, you will most definitely honor him and accord him great respect. But if he comes disguised as the dirtiest, smelliest beggar you ever met, then your heart’s true nature is revealed. When I hide your real identity, then people who truly love and honor you will be revealed.
When I allow your real identity to remain hidden for a season or among specific people and environments, you may not be regarded very highly. In contrast, you may actually be treated like the muck of the earth and trampled on like trash.
And you will be tempted to resist and fight back to prove a point or validate yourself. You may be tempted to project and promote yourself or showcase yourself to protect your image because you know who you really are but they don’t seem to see it.
But if you do this, you will have to endure the consequences and it will hurt. And you will learn to wait until I reveal you – when I choose to reveal you.
Learn from Me for I am gentle, meek and mild. I stood in trial, being spat on, mocked, and beaten up. My clothes were torn apart and beard pulled. I knew I only needed to ask and angels would destroy them all. Yet I stood there, like a sheep being sheared. I did not hide my face from those who would spit on Me or my body from those who would beat Me up.
I knew they didn’t know what they were doing. It was only after I cried out, “IT IS FINISHED!” that one of them realised and said, “Surely, this was the Son of God.”
So focus on the assignment, not on people recognising who you really are and giving you honor. You have been called to complete a work, not to seek honor.
One day, it will dawn on them – either in this life, or the next.
For now, you run the race, complete the work and keep the faith. Do the will of God for you in your generation. And be like a sheep before its shearers.
Hush. Be still.
Now, when the Roman military officer and his soldiers witnessed what was happening and felt the powerful earthquake, they were extremely terrified. They said, “There is no doubt, this man was the Son of God!”
2 Corinthians 4:7
We are like common clay jars that carry this glorious treasure within, so that the extraordinary overflow of power will be seen as God’s, not ours.
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Your Lord, Firstborn from the dead,