When we love “the glory that comes from man, more than the glory that comes from God,” (John 12:43) it is a sure sign that our faith has not permeated beyond the surface of our heart. If we are afraid to talk about the blessings and miracles of God lest others think we are crazy or “religious nuts;” or, because it might affect our popularity ratings with people who care about us less than God does, we are just like the religious leaders who watched Jesus perform miracles, believed in Him and then were afraid to talk about it because they feared the Pharisees would remove them from their positions of power!
“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.” (John 12:42-43)
Stop now and make a list of each person to whom we are afraid to speak of the amazing blessings of God.
Whomever we have identified, can never give us more than God has given us; for no man can give eternal life and the peace which passes understanding. None but God—loves us perfectly, sacrificed His only Son, and has the capacity to give us all things! What a disastrous way to live—trying to please people who care very little for us; rather than our Father Who is the only One Who always cares!
The simple truth is that sharing my faith only scares me when I’m not living it because then it’s like selling something I don’t believe in! When God isn’t a part of my daily activities like work, recreation or other projects, then sharing His miraculous power and peace becomes a stilted conversation devoid of personal conviction. However, the closer I get to God, the more He naturally flows out of everything I do and say. Fear of sharing Him is minimized when we have made His presence in our lives more powerful than fear of man. His love is perfect and everlasting!
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