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Popularity: Who's Opinion Really Matters?

As a believer I have heard and studied the life of Jesus Christ many times. From His birth to His life to even His death, burial, & resurrection I have admired and reverenced his journey. However, there is one part of His walk that I did not look at very closely until recently. Jesus, according to our current human standards, was not everyone’s favorite.

Now, some of you may be looking at the page right now with the side-eye, but I'm just keeping it real. Jesus had those who loved him and honored him, from the disciples to the people that listen to him teach and even those he performed miracles for. However, there are some that were not his biggest fans.

You had Pharisees that did not trust and believe him because he was speaking against their traditions. In Matthew 12:38 they even approached Him saying, “...we want you to show us a miraculous sign to prove your authority.” (NLT) Then they paid a person in His circle to ‘turn Him in’.

All in all, Jesus dealt with many wavering opinions. This shows another way that he can relate to us, because we deal with the same exact things today. Think about it, from social media to television to even word-of-mouth, we all have to face individuals being on our side one day and against us the next.

I myself have had to face this lately. Due to my recently encountering some new people I'm having to re-accept the fact that some people will like you and some will not. Being different will bring that upon you, especially being different for the Savior.

Moments like that is when I remember scriptures such as, "I will give thanks and praise to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.”
‭‭(PSALM‬ ‭139:14‬, AMP‬‬)

God made me the way that I am for a great purpose and a great destiny, and he doesn't make mistakes.

So, if you ever have moments where you begin to feel insecure or doubt yourself because of other people's opinions know that they are not your creator. God is, and individuals not liking you for your Holiness simply shows you have more in common with the Almighty. In the end, his opinion is the only one that matters and as long as the creator is pleased than everything is ok.

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