Luke 9:26 - Integrity vs. Popularity.
Luke 9:26 (NIV) Whoever is ashamed of me and
my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of
them when he comes in his glory and in the glory
of the Father and of the holy angels.
One day youll give an account of your
life before God. This fact is the best antidote
to people-pleasing that I know.
When you have that kind of long-term
thinking - when you keep in mind that youll one
day stand before God - it changes you. It
changes what you say, what you do, and who you try
to impress. Its the people-pleaser
When you take that long look, and realize
youre going to give an account for every word and
action from each day, youll ask yourself,
Which is more important - Gods approval or the
approval of people around me?
Ive found myself having to ask that
question many times. During TV broadcasts,
interviewers ask me tough questions. They try to put me
on the spot, sometimes hoping to make me look
like a bigot or fool. They try to get me to
distance myself from what the Bible says.
When Im in those interviews, my human
nature wants to be liked, just like yours does. My
human nature wants to compromise, divert, punt,
and leave out the truth. Its tempting to say
things like, I just leave that up to God or
Everybody has to make up their own mind. But those
are people-pleasing cop-outs.
In those moments - when you could say
something that wouldnt offend but would be a lie -
there are three things you can do.
First, remember what Jesus Christ did for
you on the cross. He didnt deny you. He
didnt back away from you. He died for your sins.
Your life belongs to him. He created you. He
saved you. He forgave you. Hes taking you to
heaven. Why would you deny him?
Second, remember that one day youre
going to give an account to God. God will ask you,
What did you say in that conversation at work?
What did you say to your friend at school? What
did you say during a family dinner? Integrity
is more important than popularity. And you
dont want to give up your integrity.
Finally, tell the truth, no matter the
As you walk in faith with Jesus, practice
doing these three things. Theyre the guides you
need to live with integrity - not for popularity.
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS TOPIC
Matthew 10:32, 33 - The Secret of Witnessing
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred
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Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David
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