I’ve never met someone who didn’t want to be well thought of. As people, all of us want to be admired and respected and appreciated; if only by a small group of friends and family.
Taken too far, this desire can become an obsession with looking right, sounding right, and acting the right way in order to fit in and be “liked” by others.
For many, the rise of social media hasn’t helped. We post our best photos, our cleanest children, our most flattering angles, our sunniest holiday moments.
Facebook, twitter and snapchat are not the places for honestly telling it like it is.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, the Apostle Paul encourages us to think of ourselves as being like jars of clay; simple, ordinary vessels that contain a priceless treasure; the glory and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Rather than boasting or exaggerating or obsessing with ourselves, we have the incredible privilege of carrying with us the good news of Jesus’ Lordship.
We carry with us the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection and the life and hope that is available in Jesus’ name.
We carry with us the truth that while our physical bodies are wasting away, we have an eternal body and an eternal home waiting for us when we go to be with the Lord.
This is good news that gives us hope and confidence for each new day.
Pastor Jono Smith