NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST


Often, one cannot but feel that Christians today are involved in a bizarre popularity contest. It is quite disheartening what so many modern day preachers and disciples of the Word have become. Many of us are simply playing to the gallery like some politicians, in a bid to win despicable popularity for pecuniary benefits with empty promises and the like (cf. Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-28). But not so with Jesus. And it is his examples we must follow, if we are to be worthy of the name, Christian. Our reflection passage today presents to us that, “Great crowds followed Jesus” (cf. Luke 14:25). Jesus’s popularity has obviously increased, but being well aware that the salvation of souls far outweighs ephemeral delights in winning cheap popularity contests at the expense of God’s Word, did not hesitate to declare to his audience what all needed to comprehend (Luke 14:26-33, cf. John 6:43-61-67). Paul expresses same sentiments as follows: “Woe to me if I do not preach the good news” (1 Corinthians 9:16). “Woe”, because the good news is meant to bring about a tangible change in our relationship with God for the sake of our eternal salvation (cf. John 14:23).

Hence, like Jesus and Paul, we need to understand that absolutely nothing should be allowed to come between us and God (cf. Luke 14:26-33, 1 Corinthians 9:16). Being finite, and weak, of ourselves we cannot. Thus, we have to let God’s wisdom, his spirit guide us by paying attention to his Word (cf. Wisdom 9:13-18, Psalm 90:3-17, Psalm 119:135, Philemon 9-17).


Reflection Passage: Luke 14:25-33


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