Living in this world is one thing but being a part of it is a whole other story.
On a daily basis, I find people who act or don’t act according to what they think others might think about them. So I have a question for you, as a Christian. Do you think Jesus cared about what others thought of him?
We know that he asked his disciples who did people say he was and then he asked them who they said he was (Matthew 16:16-20). But do you think he really cared what people thought?
He asks his disciples to bless them, to know where their heart is, not because he actually cares what people’s opinions are.
So, what about you? Do you care more about what others think about you? Or, do you care more about what God thinks about you? What is more important to you: God’s opinions or others’ opinions?
Sometimes we worry about liking others and causing a good impression… this is fine for the first impression, but some people get caught up in this and they pretend all the time to be someone they are not. Only because they want people to think “more” about them. But to keep this lifestyle must be exhausting… it’s like living a lie.
So we have two options:
- We care about what others think. We pretend to be someone we are not. We despise God’s work. We live a fake life and pretend everything is perfect. We are exhausted at the end of the day. Or
- We care about what God thinks. We are true to ourselves. We let him bless us with a life filled with his truths and his acceptance for us. We are thankful.
Now I would really like you to ask yourself… honestly…. Have you ever worried about the opinion that God has of you and your life? (Like… “I would really like to know God’s opinion about me.”)
It’s important to ask ourselves this because when we care about God’s opinion we start to change according to his will. We start acting consciously and unconsciously the way He wants us to.
There are a couple of men in the Bible of whom God had strong opinions.
He really knew them and who they were to him.
The first man was Abraham.
He was so righteous before God that “he was even called the friend of God.” (James 2:23)
Each one of us can be a friend of God through redemption. But we must act according to his will for us, and according to how He sees us. This means that we must know what He really likes; we must obey him, follow his commands. Just like Abraham did.
God knew what Abraham was going to do because God’s message was deep inside him. He knew that Abraham was going to impose God’s word upon his offspring. Abraham really lived God’s message.
We must guarantee God that our children (and every future child) will be able to see his word vividly lived in our homes. That we have a close, intimate relationship with our Lord.
In Genesis 22:1-24 we read the way God tests Abraham’s faith by asking him to sacrifice his only son, whom he loves so much. And sometimes we wonder, why – if God also loves Abraham so much – does God ask Abraham to do such thing? Why does He test him like that? The answer is in verse 12: “now I know that you truly fear God.” The Lord took Abraham to the point where He was truly the most important in his life. “You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.” God was first for Abraham.
How many times has God asked us to give him something and we have withheld it from him? This is a way God shows us that something else is taking the first place in our hearts; a place that belongs to him only.
Our hearts should be filled with fear of God, deep love, He’s above all!!
God likes us, even more, when we give him what is hard for us to let go. Besides, when we are able to do so He rewards us greatly too.
The second man was Job.
God really knew his servant Job and He held him in high esteem. Job 1:8 is God himself describing Job: “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth. He is blameless—a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil.”
It is also in the trials when God shapes his concept about us. Job worshiped the Lord at his lowest (Job 1:20-22). He never said anything wrong (Job 2:10). He never denied God and he longed for him after all his suffering (Job 13:15-16, 19:25).
God’s opinions of Job were real. After the trials, Job remained steadfast and he held his ground as a servant of the Lord.
After knowing a bit more about the traits God wants us to show him and others, I urge you to read more about these men and other prophets to identify how God wants us to be. His word is the best guide for this, to know him better and to know what He likes and what He doesn’t like.
As I pray, I often ask God to change my heart and make me like what He likes and dislike what He dislikes. In a world that is so full of darkness, we must remember to ask him to guard our hearts.
“Guard your heart above all else; for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.” (Proverbs 4:23-26)
Finally, ask yourself, what is God’s opinion about me? And don’t be enslaved by what others might think of you, especially if you are interested in pleasing God first.
I hope this post has made you eager to know God and please him above all.
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.