“One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat. When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.” Mark 3:20, 21
What must friends, family, and neighbors have thought about Jesus when at age 30 the pattern of his life changed so drastically? He walked away from his career as a carpenter. He went out into the desert for a long period of time and continued a pattern of time alone in isolated places. He began associating with a new group of people and devoted much of his time to them. After 30 years of little recognition, he suddenly had a growing reputation as an influential voice in the region, and he was challenging the institutionalized religious system and leaders.
We might read this and think how ridiculous their evaluations were, but if it were to happen today, I think the same questions and conclusion would more than likely be reached.
Respected devotional writer and pastor A. W. Tozer was often criticized and wrongly scrutinized by many. Some of these included his own family and members of his church. They took issue with him because he spent so much time alone praying on his knees and having such a non-compromising razor sharp focus on pleasing God.
The Bible gives numerous examples of very devoted followers of God with behavioral and directional changes resulting from encounters with God. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, David, the prophets, Ruth, the Apostles, Paul, there are too many to even mention.
You may as well know, genuinely loving and following the leading of the Lord will potentially add your name to the list as well.
Lord, may I wisely and courageously follow your lead all the days of my life regardless of the cost of personal reputation. Amen.
"And don't let us yield to temptation"