“And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’” Acts [2:12]-13
Upon witnessing the many remarkable events of Pentecost (the sound from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, the divided tongues as of fire resting on the Apostles, the speaking in other tongues), the responses of the crowd were split. Many were amazed and wanting answers as to what was happening. But others skeptically mocked the Apostles and dismissed them as drunkards.
The Word of God often has this differentiating power (Matthew [10:34]-36). When God speaks or acts, there are some who will be compelled to ask honest questions, humbly seek answers, and be drawn closer to God and the truth. While at the same time, even when hearing the same exact message, there will be others who scoff and ridicule.
It’s important for us to remember that we can’t control how others respond. As those who follow God and speak His Word, our responsibility is not to get favorable responses from those we share the Gospel with. Our responsibility is to be faithful to His message and trust God with the results.
When sharing the Gospel or our testimony of salvation, some may accuse us of being “brainwashed” or “irrational” or “narrow minded”, but others will be amazed and want to know more.
Father, help me to be faithful in following You in all of life, and in sharing Your Word with those around me. I trust You with the results of my ministry. Amen.