Here’s the thing about posting video content on YouTube:
Not everyone will love you.
If you are successful, people will post mean comments specifically to bring you down, to burst your confidence, and to decimate your success, no matter how hard you work.
One YouTube host named Joey, with 1.23 million subscribers as of April 2020, posted a video telling his story. He uploaded videos for nearly four years before he got his first subscriber. Once he hit 100,000 subscribers, the hateful comments started. They were brutal and aimed not only at Joey but at his wife, daughter, and any friends attached to his Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Joey said his only option was to ignore them when he could and keep on posting exceptional content.
Now compare Joey’s story to this passage in Jude 18-21.
“They said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.”
Scoffers. Hate mail. People making comments about our Christian life to bring us down, deriding our commitment to Christ to burst our confidence, hoping to divert us from our success in Jesus.
Joey’s mantra to keep on being excellent matches exactly with the words we find in Jude:
“Keep yourselves in the love of God.”
How do we do that? We spend time in prayer, read the Word, and keep our connections with other believers strong.
We keep our eyes on Christ and refuse to listen to the naysayers that insist on inserting crushing comments into our walk with Jesus.
Sometimes all we can do is refuse to read the comments, close the door, hang up the phone, put in our ear plugs, walk away. Jesus is there to fill in the empty spaces, and he will be our strength and support in every situation.
In Jesus we find words of praise and assurance that we can know success in him.
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