This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Today, I am reflecting on how it feels when those closest to us don’t believe in us. This is on my mind because I talked yesterday about how Jesus’ brothers encouraged him to go to Judea for a festival when it wasn’t the right time for him to go.

Now while Jesus’ mother, Mary, knew his real identity and his true purpose here on Earth, Jesus’ brothers didn’t believe he was the Messiah until after his Resurrection. Not only did they not believe in him, they taunted him and made fun of him.

They would mock him by saying terrible things to him such as, “Go where your followers can see your miracles because you can’t become a public figure if you hide like this.” They even told him, “If you can do such wonderful things, then go and prove it to the world.”

Jesus teaches us three things about how to respond in a situation like this. When he was in this awful circumstance, the first thing he did was ignore their criticism and sarcasm. He did not allow their disbelief to stop him from fulfilling his purpose.

The second thing Jesus did was make sure that he didn’t play into their hands by responding to them. Most importantly though, through his actions, he demonstrated that while it would be nice if those closest to us would believe in us, that isn’t always how it works out. Instead, we should appreciate and be encouraged by those who do.

The next time we need to remain steadfast in our purpose, let us remember these words: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

Please share this reflection as others desire to be inspired.

So today, remain steadfast even if those closest to you don’t believe.