Life is difficult and fraught with hard decisions. Too often I am swayed by what others think of me in making those hard decisions and in navigating the struggles of this life. I am continually amazed at Jesus’ ability to refuse the praise of men and avoid giving in to their short-term fixes and stand on His purpose and priorities!
In today’s reading in John 6, Jesus feeds 5,000 men and their families. When the crowd sees this miracle, they decide to make Him King...whether it is something He chooses or not. AND WHO DOESNT WANT TO BE KING?! Jesus. Jesus was aware of their scheming and ‘escaped’ by Himself to the mountain to avoid being a pawn in their plan. Jesus knew who He was and what was His purpose.....and being a political candidate was NOT a part of that plan!
Making right decisions is so much easier when you and I know who we are and what is our purpose in this life. The praise of men and their scheming cannot dissuade us when we are clear on who God has made us to be and what’s His plan is for us. Jesus was clear on those things and it affected His choices and behavior. Do you know who you are and what your purpose is?! Do not float through life being blown every direction by the whims and/or praise of men. Let the Word of God reveal to you who God has made you to be and then ‘live to make Him known’!