In the film National Treasure, Nicolas Cage plays Benjamin Gates, a treasurer hunter searching for the Knights Templar. Hidden by the Free Masons, Gates tries to unlock clues left behind and revealed by his grand father. However, in the professional arena Gates is considered a joke, a dreamer who is chasing after something that doesn’t exist. To make matters worse, government officials laughed at him when he warns that the Declaration of Independence is in danger.
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine,” Acts 2:13.
On the day of Pentecost, Peter and the disciples met a similar fate. As the residents of Jerusalem listened to these Jewish leaders speak in tongues, a group individuals jumped to a conclusion, suggesting these men are merely drunk. Empowered by this spiritual presence, Peter says “at 9 in the morning, I don’t think so?” Despite this come back, I’m sure not everyone was convinced. Thus, whenever you encounter critics, all you can do is trust what you believe by living out your faith.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed, 1 Peter 1:7.
If the creative, dreamers or visionaries stopped pursuing their calling due to other people’s opinions, the world would lose its artists, inventors and future leaders. Like the apostles of the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is an essential force to continue on regardless of whatever others may think. Therefore, don’t overreact if joking, laughing or mocking ensues. Rather, hold fast to your beliefs, roll with the punches and strive to fulfill God’s plan for your life.
by Jay Mankus