The story revolved around Jesus’ ministry on earth before He died at the cross, and despite of many signs and wonders He did, some people still had difficulty to believe that He is the Son of God.
42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
It intrigues my mind somehow, that eventhough this people did believe in Jesus yet they did not confess their faith because of fear/shame, and God counted them as seeking/loving man more than Him, and this does not please Him.
Then I learn to simply stop at the point of “believing” doesn’t make our journey as Christian/Christ-followers complete. There is still more down the road. What does make us stop at this point and not going further to confess our faith to others? Is it fear, shame, peer-pressure, indifference?
I believe we are not meant to become a “continuous talking machine” regarding our faith either.
The bible also says, “For everything there is a season… A time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Eccl 3:7).
But if the reason for us to be buried in silence for our faith because we value man above God, this certainly not glorifying and pleasing Him.
It is a “hard-reminder”, but I’m glad I find these verses today “by accident”. Very often we fix our mind upon what we see in front of us (man), rather than the unseen (God), hence our life direction can be easily steered by man’s opinion.
Let’s break out freely from this, and give Holy Spirit the control of our lives.
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