OPINION POLLS DON’T COUNT

Matthew 11:18-19 John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riff-raff. Opinion polls don’t count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” The Msg

Matthew 11:18-19 For John didn’t spend his time eating and drinking, and you say, ‘He’s possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.” NLT

We live in the day when opinions can be outrightly displayed within seconds. We just don’t feel good about anybody, even if we only know them from a distance, it looks like we have all the rights to be right and hiding behind the hashtag of #MyPageIsMyOpinion. That’s my ever stupid fleshly hashtag that I regret posting. Someone had said that there are two kinds of pains. One, the pain of discipline.  Two, the pain of regret. The pain of discipline gets us out of trouble from other opinionated men and women plus it added to our spirit-controlled account while the pain of regret puts us in trouble plus it lower down people’s respect towards us.  I am grateful for Lamentations 3:21-23 that says “Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning [NLT].” I thank God that I can start all over again without feeling guilty of my previous messes and mistakes while feeling determined to never display my foolishness again.

Thankfully, to be hit by someone’s opinion isn’t new at all. Jesus Christ, the Son Of God and John The Baptist both experienced the loud opinions of people. Everything they do in obedience to the Father isn’t satisfactory to the people.

John was fasting and he was called crazy or possessed by the demons. Jesus was feasting and drinking and he was called glutton, drunkard, and friend of wicked sinners. There’s nothing they both do that gratify the people at all.

Yet, to Jesus, it doesn’t matter. To Him, wisdom is shown to be right on it’s results. In Cebuano, “Buhat nalay pasultihon” (Let the Fruit speaks by itself].

The same way holds true for each of us. No matter how great we think we do, there will always be critics. There will be opinions which are for us and which are against us. Nevertheless, the results of our decision will eventually speak to us and the crowds of whether we made the right choice or not.

Just like Jesus, let’s not be overwhelmed by the polls of opinions of people. Rather, let’s start marching towards what we believe is what God wants us to do and let the fruit of that decision speaks by itself.

Let me share to you this verse in John 10:4 that says, When he gets them all out, he leads them and they follow because they are familiar with his voice.

I pray that your decision and mine is the result of us constantly listening to Jesus voice and steadfastly following His leading. And at the end of the day, remember this:

“Only the Opinion of Jesus Really Counts”💕

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