Tuesday, June 23
Read: MATTHEW 10:26-33
I remember the energy that my classmates and I put into trying to be popular in high school. It seems silly now, but wearing three pastel-colored Izod shirts and crisply creased jeans with just the right penny loafers and funky socks was really important.
When we become adults, teenage pursuits may wane, only to be replaced by other rituals aimed at fitting in. In the effort to fit in and follow the lead of popular culture, we may be tempted to be quiet about our relationship with Jesus in the company of nonbelievers. This fear of being perceived as different is misplaced. Jesus invites us to have a healthy reference and respect for God who has the power over life and death. God’s family may not be a popular group to belong to, but it’s certainly the most important one (Matthew 7:13).
Jesus, free us from the desire to be one of the “cool kids,” and help us celebrate that we’re the King’s kids. AMEN.