The question that plagues many people especially Americans
it seems. It is a corrosive thread that I recently discovered ran through the years of my life. I could be driving a Ferrari or an old jalopy down the street and be thinking “What are they going
to think?” It affects virtually everyone and leads us to spend billions every
year on how we look. It affects the rich and the poor, the attractive and
unattractive It makes some of us spend hours in the mirror fixing that last
detail. It leads to the teenager missing school when their face breaks out. It keeps you quiet in an elevator and from having fun at a party. It keeps you from celebrating to loudly when you just
received great news. It keeps boys from asking the girl of their dreams out. “What
are they going to think?” Everyone experiences it at some level, some are
paralyzed by it. It is a thief that robs and steals from us and limits our
lives. It is everywhere we come across others. We ask the question about all of the people we
know and come in contact with. We are on guard and must pay attention to all of
these different voices.
For the Christian it comes to church. Afraid to pray out
loud, raise their hands in a service or even sing. Preoccupied with the thought
“What are they going to think?”
Tell someone about Jesus. What are they going to think?
What is it called? It is called the fear of man.
For Christians it is in essence the worship of man. More concerned
with what man thinks then with what God thinks. Every time we compromise and ignore what the Holy Spirit is telling us to do, we place man above God. Proverbs 29:25 says the fear of man brings a snare or a trap. The Bible says the way to dispel the fear of man is to learn
the Fear of the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 says the Fear of the Lord brings knowledge.
When we Fear the Lord we only have one voice to listen to not everyone we meet.
When you fear the Lord you start playing for the coach instead of the crowd. When you Fear the Lord you will share your faith because you no longer are concerned with “What are they going to think?”
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