Half The People Are Not Going To Like You Anyway
John the Baptist was an ascetic, and some people didn’t like him because he lived such an austere life. Jesus enjoyed hanging out with pagans, and some people didn’t like him because he associated with riff raff.
Jesus put it this way: “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”‘ (Luke 7:33-34).
No matter who you are, what you look like, how you talk, what you do for a living, who your friends are, what kind of car you drive, where you live, how much money you make, how kind you are to orphans and widows, how much you read the Bible, how spiritual you become, or anything else-some people are just not going to like you.
OBSERVED: Since half the people in the world are not going to like
you anyway, they may as well not like you for the right reason.
I don’t know about you, but I do care what people think about me. Yet, no matter how much we try to please people, some of them will be turned off. Since I know I can’t do anything about it, by faith I choose to live to please my Lord and Savior Jesus.
He loves me and likes me and takes delight in me. I am free. You too. So what if someone doesn’t like you? They don’t know what they’re missing, right? Jesus told me so.
NOTE: The following discussion starters are now a regular feature of the Weekly Briefings
Reflection Questions for You and Your Leadership Team:
When someone doesn’t like you, what information does that give you about yourself? About the other person? What will happen if you do everything required to make that person happy? What are the right reasons for someone to not like you?
For the glory of Christ and no other reason…