As humans, it can be easy to wonder about how others will think of us. What we wear, order on a menu, actions we do. Sometimes that mentality can also take place in our Christian lives. I meet with some friends and our dads on Saturday mornings for breakfast, where we spend part of the time praying along with a short bible study. Initially, I was very self-conscious about what other people around would think of us. In Proverbs 29:26, Solomon talks about this: “Many seek the ruler’s favor, But justice for man comes from the Lord.” (NASB) As King of Israel, Solomon dealt with other rulers, along with the general public. He witnessed how people wanted to be in good esteem, especially amongst royalty. But Solomon points out that in the end, God determines what happens to everyone. The word justice in Hebrew can also be defined as “the act of deciding a case”. Just as a judge is the authority in his court room, mediating cases and determining consequences, God is the supreme ruler and he decides the cases of our lives once we die. If we worry about the present and what others think of us, it can turn out pretty costly. In Mark 8:38, Jesus is talking to the crowds and His disciples about anyone wanting to follow Him. “38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (NASB) We have the decision on earth how to live. If we say we are Christians, we should not let the ways of the world discourage us from living the way Christ did.
William Pledger (17) is the Lead Director of CLM/TPS Chapel and a senior at TPS