Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 28, 2018
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted. Matthew 14:9
A public promise under the influence of alcohol can lead to a rash decision. This is the mindset of a person in power who is driven by pride and by pleasing people. Leaders without a divine moral compass will justify their decisions based solely on what others think. Negative peer pressure can persuade decision makers to make unwise decisions.
This happens at work when we want to please everyone and end up pleasing no one. It is futile to strive for outcomes that require consensus one hundred percent of the time. As a leader, gather input and seek privately the buy in of influencers, but most of all ask, “What does Christ think?” The gentle pressure applied by the Holy Spirit leads to great gain in the long run.
However, there is positive peer pressure. After a process of prayer, planning, and testing assumptions, you and the team make a public declaration of a determined course. Those who trust you are looking for implementation of the agreed-upon strategic direction. If you deviate from the plan, you risk diluting your creditability. Positive peer pressure is accountability to follow through with collaborative goals and milestones.
Most importantly, positive peer pressure comes when you publicly profess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. A Christ-centered community creates a loving environment of accountability for those who are followers of Jesus. This is why you engage in church as a volunteer teacher, small group leader, parking attendant, worship leader, or greeter. Your private faith is meant to become a public expression that encourages others to be bold. Confess Christ with your lips, and let your life be evidence that what you say is true.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame’” (Romans 10:9–11).
PrayerHeavenly Father, give me the courage and faith to be myself and to please only You, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat negative peer pressure do I need to avoid? What positive peer pressure do I need to embrace?
Related ReadingJob 2:9; Ruth 1:16–18; Acts 4:32–37; 1 Timothy 6:12–14 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2
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