‘Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets’ (Luke 6:26; NIV).
People said so many negative things about Jesus. At one point they called Him a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of the riff-raff (Mathew 11:19). At another time, he was maligned as being diabolical, that is to say, he had an affiliation with demons! (Matthew 12:24). Somewhere along the line they accused Jesus of being a Samaritan and having a demon in him (John 8:48).
They even still repeated it that he had a demon in Him! (John 8:52). That was not all. They also doubted his authority as the Son of God (John 9:29). In fact, they hated the fact that Jesus kept claiming to know God and to have come from Him (John 10:33).
As Christians who aim to be like Christ, we must be ready to follow Him without looking back. Jesus said: “A disciple is not above his master… If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household” (Mathew 10:24,25). If the righteous Jesus was maligned and slandered, how much more we Christians who are still on the way to perfection? Some people are so used to people’s flattery and commendations that they would rather disobey God than not having them.
Some folks always want to be seen in the good light of men. They want people to see them as social, classy and trendy. They are ready to blend with anything even if it means losing their identity with Christ. There are also those who get upset when called negative names. The truth is that one of the things that qualify you as a true disciple of Christ is the malicious label that some folks try to place on you, simply for standing on the truth you know.
It takes a stubborn determination to identify with Christ. In these dangerous times, when you stand against what the world stands for, you become a rebel and are treated as one. On the other hand, when you blend with the world, they speak well of you and celebrate you.
But the danger is in the deep truth in the words of Jesus that “Woe to you when all men speak well of you…” (Luke 6:26). It’s better to be rejected by men than to be rejected by God. I pray; may God help us to distance our lives from all forms of satanic compromise. In Jesus name!
Today’s Corporate Prayer: O Lord, give me the courage to stand with you, take up my cross and walk with you henceforth. In the name of Jesus!
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OLUWAGBENRO BLESSED is a writer, musician, an evangelist, a teacher and student of the Bible. He, alongside his wife Nike, coordinates the GraceToday Foundation. Together with their team, they reach out to millions of souls everyday via various social network platforms with God’s words of grace, healing and restoration. Lots of testimonies are being received to God’s glory.