How about you? Are you more interested in what God thinks of you or what man thinks of you? Have you come to the place in your Christian lifestyle that you can honestly say: "But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man's judgment". 1 Corinthians 4:3 Back in the the day when God's chosen people, the Jews, missed their Messiah, The Lord Jesus Christ; they were all about receiving the praise of men rather than the praise of God: "For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. John 12:42.
Personally, I think your success or failure as a child of the living God is in direct proportion to whether or not who comes first, the King of Glory or man himself. Think about it. The religious leaders were so caught up with their religious titles that they could not see who it was that stood right in front of them. For example, do you remember the response by the chief priests and elders of the people when they confronted their Messiah with the question: "By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?" Matthew 21:23 ...."And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell" verse 27 Why? Because they feared the people.verse 26; or in other words they placed the peoples opinion first before the Lords'.
Did you know that King Agrippa almost became a Christian? "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.Acts 26: 28 The apostle Paul ,busy About the Master's Business, gave a convincing testimony that apparently struck a chord in the heart of this king; but I believe the reason he did not get saved was because of his religious title and his position. In his mind there was too much to give up. He probably was asking himself: But What Will They Think? Imagine if you will how that sentence will haunt him for all eternity while roasting in the fiery flames of hell. "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian". That sends chills up and down my spine. When I think what would have happened to me back in the 70's ..... if I were to say what King Agrippa said or put off salvation...I shudder to think where I would have ended up by now. I am sure I would have either been dead or strung out on drugs on my way to hell. But thanks be to God I am on my way to heaven instead!!!
There is another aspect of this Christian life that every redeemed, blood washed member of the body of Christ must come to grips with once off the milk of the word
and has started to eat the meat of the Word of God. You and I must decide who will be calling the shots, ourselves or God. Each of us has an individual purpose that the Almighty King of the universe has for us that no one else should be doing. The only reason someone else would be doing what we are called to do is because we answered incorrectly the question: But What Will They Think? What will my boss or my co-workers think when I tell them I am putting my two week notice in because my Lord Jesus has called me to be a missionary to Indonesia? Will my family try everything to keep me from becoming all that my Lord and my God wants me to be? This is where you either become a disciple of Christ and truly live a surrendered life and He in fact becomes your Lord or you choose to be much like the Pharisees and the Sadducees and your Christian lifestyle remains a mere religious exercise and Jesus remains as Savior only. "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:33 How many times have you and I sang: " all to Jesus I surrender" knowing that we are giving lip service to the song but we were too afraid to actually mean it because we were either asking: But What Will They Think? or what if? What if He were to call me into one of the deepest jungles on earth or to a place where it is only 2% Christian and the rest was Muslim? What if? What if I run out of money or food? What if God wasn't able to live up to His promises?
As I close, may I be allowed to ask a question? At the judgement seat of Christ will your friends and family be by your side when you give an account of your life to Christ? Of course not. Then doesn't it make sense to be more concerned in this life with asking yourself what will Christ think of my stewardship rather than But What Will They Think? This is a question that you and I must ponder in our own hearts. Have you any comments to offer?