"I don't want praise from you or any other human. But I know you—I know that you don't have God's love in you. I have come from my Father—I speak for him. But you don't accept me. But when another person comes speaking only for himself, you will accept him. You like to have praise from each other. But you never try to get the praise that comes from the only God. So how can you believe?"
— John 5:41-44 NLT
Whose approval are you trying to receive? Peer pressure is powerful in the lives of teens, but if we are really honest, adults are even more susceptible to peer pressure. Look at designer fashions, hot cars, house styles, popular movies, top ten books, and a host of other areas. Can we stand up to the ridicule of others and stand with Jesus, or do we cave in, hide out, or give up our faith when it's unpopular? Sometimes our churches are stained glass museums filled with spiritually impoverished people afraid to speak up for Jesus because they're too concerned about what others think and say. Let's pray that we may be both bold and respectful with our faith in Jesus (see Acts 4:31 & 1 Peter 3:15-16).
Glorious Father, please give me courage to stand up for Jesus as much in the marketplace as I do when I am around other believers. Help my witness to be genuinely consistent as well as sensitive to those around me. Forgive me when I have worried more about what others think about me than I have about honoring Jesus as my Lord. In the name of your Son and my Savior I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 12:37-43
- 1 Corinthians 15:33
- Romans 12:1-2
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.