It is natural to want to be popular but it is better to be sincere. David was popular with many but upset many others and had to flee. Felix, Festus and Herod also desired popularity.
Better to be sincere
Colossians 3:22 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God.
2 Samuel 3:36 36 Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, since whatever the king (David) did pleased all the people.
Felix desired popularity
Acts 24:27 27 But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix; and Felix, wanting to do the Jews a favor, left Paul bound.
Festus desired popularity
Acts 25:9 9 But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?”
Herod desired popularity
Acts 12:1-3 1 Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread.
Love for praise of men
John 12:43 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Pharisees feared the crowd
Matthew 21:45, 46 45 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.
Priests feared Jesus’ popularity
Mark 11:18 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
For they loved the praise of men more than they loved God. The Pharisees feared the crowd. But the priests feared Jesus’ popularity.
Do not ask the Lord to Guide your Footsteps if you are not willing to ENGAGE your mind and MOVE your Feet’. The Lord Jesus is only your creator until you accept Him. After you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then God accepts as a favored son or daughter and then and only then will the Lord cleanse you of your sins and accept you into His kingdom of heaven and hear your prayers
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Popularity.” Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,