In John 12, Jesus states that
“Those who who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me.”John 12:25-26 NLT
We are told that many did believe in him — even among the rulers — but because of the religious leaders they stayed quiet, so that they would not be kicked out of the church.
For they loved human praise more than praise of God.John 12:43
See the difference between what Jesus asks of us and where our hearts tend to be. Jesus calls us to follow Him, yet personally it can be hard to do because of concerns that people won’t support or praise us. This doesn’t just happen at work or in public, but in families and even in churches.
I have seen children, teens, and adults who have both followed Jesus and been ridiculed, and those who have been careful what they say outside for fear of repercussions.
This is especially true in churches seeking to become multiethnic. As was mentioned a couple of days ago (from John chapter 10), we are called to be one flock under one Shepherd, but doing what’s necessary for this to happen may cause you to be unpopular.
Our faith, though, is seen in our actions.
How important is it for you to hear from God, “Well done, good and faithful servant?” Is it worth losing respect in this life? How far are you willing to go for Him.