Prayer (5 minutes):
- Thank God for the highs and lows we experience in our walk with Him
- Ask for forgiveness and repent to Him for the areas in your life where you are concerned with other people’s views of you – instead of His view.
- Think of 1 person who you can serve today, without receiving a benefit in return. (e.g. a thank you note, text, phone call, etc.)
- Ask God to re-focus your attention for this week on His work above your own. Ask Him to keep the distractions of vanity and people-pleasing away from you today.
Scripture (5 minutes): Read the passage below. Take your time. What is the phrase that resonates with you the most?
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing.
But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.
Jesus…did not entrust himself to them, because …He himself knew what was in man.
What a powerful snapshot of Scripture and Jesus.
Yet, when He is leaving – the Bible makes a point to note that Jesus didn’t trust the hype. He didn’t buy into the new-found popularity that was surrounding Him at the time. He was familiar enough with the human race and understood the psyche of man to know this would not last very long.
In fact, just a few short years later some of these same people would watch or help as Jesus was beaten, carried through the streets, and eventually crucified on a cross.
This is us.
His performance wasn’t for the approval of the masses. He didn’t concern Himself on how they perceived Him or HIs work. He was on earth to serve the Father and to redeem souls. Nothing would distract Him from that mission.
It’s a new work week. Go into it remembering who you ultimately serve and why you are where you are. Don’t strive for man’s praise. Don’t trust the hype. Don’t get down when others discourage you. Know yourself and know what is in man. Let’s live above.