Are we more concerned about being popular than we are about loving? When we walk into a room, or when someone looks at our social media sites–what do they see? What is the primary message of our life? Do they see us or do they see God–who is love? If they don’t see God–why not? For me–it was because I didn’t have a close enough relationship with God to understand that He offered me something better than what I could gain from being popular. I called myself a “Christian” but had never experienced the full satisfaction of a relationship with Him. The Bible makes it clear that Jesus wasn’t concerned about His popularity: “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah‬ ‭53:3‬)

Jesus lived for love–not popularity.

For the majority of my Christian life, I had a strong aversion to the idea of living “crucified with Christ,” which Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20. That’s because I had never completely lost myself in the wonder of a relationship with Him. As I drew closer to Him, I found His way–not harder–but more joyful. Why? Because close to Him, we experience His perfect love and care. All our problems are His responsibility. Life is not a tortuous road–it’s a joyful dance. When we are filled with His love, wisdom, power and compassion He gives us the ability to help others–whether they like us or not. Life is no longer about us–it’s about Him. When people meet us, we want them to meet Jesus. We can never give them Him unless He is in us.

When we draw close to God, we are so impressed with Him that we no longer need to impress others with us! We no longer feel the need to scrabble and scrape to be popular or successful by man’s standards because our relationship with Him is the pinnacle of our existence. God’s purpose for us is far greater than becoming popular–it is to for us to live in His love!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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