Caring What People Think
Monday, March 13, 2017
A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised.
Do you care what people think about you? Should you care? Many would say, “no,” you shouldn’t. In fact, it’s become pretty fashionable these days not to care what people think—complete with books, articles, websites, and how-to (or how-not-to) videos. How not to care what people think has become something of a cottage industry.
Of all people, Christians might have reason not to care. We have heroic biblical examples to inspire us—Peter and John before the Sanhedrin, Daniel flaunting his prayers, Paul on Mars Hill, and Jesus Himself in Nazareth! The people of God have a history of not caring what people think!
But that’s not the whole story, is it? For a man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised. Yes, we know, beware when all people speak well of you (Luke 6:26); but our Lord was commended. It was said of him that the great throng heard him gladly (Mark 12:37)! David began his reign with wise decisions and all the assembly agreed (1 Chron. 13:4). Likewise, the Queen of Sheba with her very great retinue stood breathless before the wisdom and excellence of Solomon (1 Ki. 10:2-5). And so it was that “the Seven” (deacons?) in Acts were to be men of good repute (Acts 6:3), and the elders well thought of, even by outsiders (1 Tim. 3:7). The Apostle Paul willingly stood alone (2 Tim. 2:16), but did not hesitate to say, It is always good to be made much of for a good purpose (Gal. 4:18).
Wisdom bears fruit that can be and will be seen by all. The fools, the skeptics, the wicked will still attack, of course—but your wisdom will win you praise, even from the unbelievers. Pilate had only good to say of Jesus (Matt. 27:23; Luke 23:4). And pagans on Malta thought Paul was a god (Acts 28:6).
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Let this be our prayer today: O Lord, I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will praise you (Ps. 22:22).
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