Psalm 69: At Odds

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What does it cost to be liked by all? It is, without a doubt, more than I’ll ever have. But am I willing to mortgage my life for the favor of my fellow man?

Even if I could afford it, paying for popularity feels desperate, repulsive, “cheap.” How could I stomach knowing that the accolades of supposed friends were not unlike trinkets acquired in the marketplace? Each secured at a price.

It turns out, people pleasing costs far more than fees and favors. At some point, it requires us to betray our conscience, deal away our dignity, and sell out our soulful convictions.

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26, ESV)

Loyal love for God will put us at odds with some, maybe many. Submission to His will and ways can’t help but offend and provoke hostility in the hearts of God-haters. It isn’t our intent, but rather the outcome of light shining in darkness.

May our zeal for God and His redemptive mission never be surpassed by a need for human acceptance or approval.

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