We have spent the last week examining how Jesus lived a life that was one of death to many things. From before He was born Jesus modeled for us how we can truly live an abundant, joy-filled life. It has not been because of our high or low positions, our roles, the food we crave, the people we try to please, the doubts we have about God, or any idols we may serve. Jesus has shown us that an abundant life is found in not striving after things, but in dying to them. Today we see whom Jesus decides to choose as His ministry partners by dying to popularity.
Who does the King of kings and Lord of lords chose for His ministry partners?
who have the largest and well-known congregations in town
capable of promoting Jesus in a way people will like Him
who can help Jesus stay physically attractive while He performs His miracles
Jesus dies to even the slightest possibility of people coming to Him for popularity. Instead, He chooses
Men who heard Jesus call out to them and left everything to follow Him.
Men who chose not to seek popularity among their peers or even their own fathers.
Men who chose to not follow the crowd.
Men who chose to follow a man who they didn’t even know.
Sometimes we get so worried and caught up in what everyone else is going to think about us that we forget we serve a God who modeled for us that we do not have to seek popularity to live. Don’t be ashamed today of the One who saved your soul. Shout it from the rooftops. You probably won’t be very popular if you crank up your speakers and start dancing around the office or school room as you play this song, but you will be proclaiming the grace given to you by the One who has saved your soul.