Pleasing the Masses
Daily Bible Reading – Job 9, 10; Acts 13, 14
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 14:8-20
When we put our trust in trying to please a crowd, we can often become disappointed pretty quickly. Crowds tend to have a “what have you done for me lately” mentality and can move their affections from one idea to another in the blink of an eye. Jesus knew about this danger and, “would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man’s testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man”. (John 2:24-25)
In today’s key passage, we find another example of the fickle nature of crowds. Paul and Barnabas preached the Gospel to many people in the early days of Christianity. While preaching in Lystra, they healed a man who was, “crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked” (14:8). The people of Lystra were so overjoyed with the healing, they believed that Paul and Barnabas must be gods. Paul and Barnabas immediately tried to put an end to this thinking, telling the crowd plainly that they were only human. (14:15) Despite their protests, Paul and Barnabas still had difficulty keeping the crowd from sacrificing to them. (14:18) Amazingly, though, in the very next sentence, we see that Paul was stoned and left for dead because, “some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over“. (14:19)
The fact is that we will never be able to please everyone. Try as we might, there will always be someone willing to “stone” us – perhaps not literally, but figuratively. If we live our lives trying to please the masses, we will often feel empty and disappointed when it does not work out for us. If we live our lives trying to please God, though, we will find true happiness, because God does not suffer from the same fickle nature as man. He is always true to His word, and He is always faithful to us, regardless of the situation. Instead of trying to please the masses, focus on pleasing Jesus. When we do, we will never be disappointed.
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