CROWD PLEASERS John12:35-43

All of us face all different pressures. It sometimes felt like we are living in a “pressure cooker.” We are all subject to social pressures. And it takes patience and strong faith to hurdle these pressures. If we are true to ourselves and to God, these pressures will not hinder us and we will be able to continue to withstand the strong pull of the crowd. On the other hand, many crave for acceptance by others. Many pursue popularity as a means of happiness and seek support from other’s opinions. These are the “crowd pleasers.”

The Bible spoke about the Pharisees to be known as “crowd pleasers.” They loved the crowd and loved the feeling of being applauded. Zac Poonen in his article “Marks of the Pharisees” says; “they glorified in their obedience to the Laws of God on the outside. The righteousness of the Pharisees was only external. They love positions and titles of honor. They imagine that they are better than others. They trust in their own righteousness and look down on others. They value their traditions more than God’s word and they justify themselves.(www.cfcindia.com/books/fifty-marks-of-pharisees). When someone seeks men’s honor Jesus said in Matthew 23:5,15 “But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments… woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!…”Jesus continued saying “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” John 12:43.

We have to remember that whatever we do- in word or indeed, we do it for the Lord. In another way of saying it is with everything we do, we have the motive to please God. Our faith and trust in God are tested on a daily basis. As we walk with God, constantly acknowledging and seeking Him, we are made more aware of His presence. This means He is the one we focus on at all times in tough or good times. We do not need the crowd to please God. We do not need the crowd to feel good. Apostle Paul said Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10 (NIV).

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