1 Peter 2:20-21 (KJV): “For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, and when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
COMMENTARY: Not once was Jesus accurately and rightfully criticized for His faults, because He was faultless. Instead, He was criticized for doing well. He suffered for it and took it patiently. He lived out this passage of Scripture, leading His people by example. Anyone who seeks to walk in His steps must be willing to enter the “crucible of criticism.”
APPLICATION: Today, you can enjoy freedom over criticism and rejection at work! Here’s how.
First, accept that criticism and rejection are facts of life. You will be criticized, but it is much better to be
criticized for your good works in Christ than for your evil works in the flesh. If you cannot handle criticism and rejection wisely, then you will never grow to maturity and freedom in Christ.
Second, know the Truth from the Word of God (John 8:31-36). The Truth will set you free! People can talk, express their opinions, and rail on you all they want, but Truth is Truth. Make sure you are standing on the Rock.
Third, know God and abide in your specific call (1 Corinthians 7:20). Abiding in your call will give you great power and confidence, and will enable you to keep going in the midst of trials and tribulations. Abiding in God and in His call is the ultimate form of success.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Genesis 3:17b-19a (KJV)，read People Fall into Sin in Work (Genesis 3:1-24) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.