Re :Vitalise Teens | Teens and Popularity
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Popularity seems like such a great thing! Being loved and admired by people sounds so wonderful. However, is popularity all that it is hyped up to be? Should popularity really be one of our goals in life? Let’s see what Scripture says about this topic.
What does the Bible say?
Notice what can happen when we crave popularity:
I Sam. 18:7-9 – We can become very jealous of other people.
Acts 12:1-4 – It can cause us to do things we should not do.
John 12:42-43 – We will live to please people more than God. Where should our focus be?
Gal. 1:10 – Our focus should be on doing what God wants. The truth about popularity:
Acts 4:18-20 – Doing what God wants is not always popular.
Compare Mark 11:9-10 with Mark 15:12-13 – People may
love you one day/hate you the next, as even Jesus experienced.
What should I do?
The goal of trying to become popular is not something we as believers should live for. The endless pursuit of trying to gain people’s love is not what God has called us to do.
Rather, our attention must be on pleasing God with our lives. If, while living for God, He allows us to become popular, so be it. Our popularity can be used to further shine for His glory. But if popularity does not come our way, then there is no loss.
As long as we are pleasing God with our lives, what else really matters?
May we live in a way that makes every effort to draw people’s attention toward Christ, not ourselves!
Written by Ama Ghana @seekyefirstjesus
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
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What do you believe?
#Christianity is the life of #God (the Creator) in human beings (that's us). What this means, practically, is that each day, you take steps to get to know this God, through His Word, the Bible (https://classic.biblegateway.com) ,by building a relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ.
In the same way, as soon as your baby is born, in fact from the moment you "know" that you are pregnant, you spend time getting to know the baby, letting them know that each day
I ask you, then, would you like to be in a relationship with #God, the God of the Bible, the God that made this beautiful earth, through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?
The God that gave Jesus Christ to us:
This the WHAT
John 3:16-18 The Message (MSG)
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him."**
And we (using #faith, a bit like #electricity, we know it's there because the lights come on) accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and get to know Him each day, as we would our own dear friends, loved ones, a spouse.
This is the WHY
"It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off. If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit."**
In exchange for following Jesus you will receive peace, freedom, joy (that's laughter whilst your awake, peace whilst you sleep), it will be hard, your friends may disown you because you've become "one of us" but guess what even if you have a tough day, you will never be alone again.
Read this prayer along with me:
This is your YES
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving Your life for me and forgiving me of my sins so I can have a personal relationship with You. I am sincerely sorry for the mistakes I've made, and I know I need You to help me live right.
Your Word says in Romans 10:9, "If you acknowledge and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord [recognizing His Power, authority, and majesty as God], and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
I believe You are the Son of God, and I confess You as my Saviour and Lord. Take me just as I am, and work in my heart, making me the person You want me to be. I want to live for You, Jesus, and I am so grateful to You for giving me a fresh start in my new life with You today. I love you, Jesus!"**
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*The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson
**Meyer, J., 2018. The Everyday Life Bible. 1st ed. New York: Faith Words.*