“Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42-43)
Today’s Morsel: Some of the things that I have come to realize that can destroy people are tradition, false doctrine, an unrepented heart, disobedience, and then trying to please others. More people are concerned with what people think of them rather than what God thinks of them. Solomon states, “To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.” (Proverbs 28:21) People will turn their back on you when times get tough. But Jesus will be with you always even to the ends of the world if you trust Him and hold faithful to Him. When Peter and the other apostles were told to not speak anymore in the name of Jesus, “ Peter and the other apostles answered and said, we ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) You have a choice, you can please the crowd or you can stand with Jesus. As Joshua said, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15) Don’t be one of those who love the praises of people more than the praises of God.
Sing: Falling in Love with Jesus! Falling in love with Jesus! Falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I've ever, ever done.
Thought For Today: Be more concerned with what God thinks about you than what people think about you.