There is a story of a politician in the United States, with millions of followers on social media, who found out that no one listened when they went to use that influence in Congress. They could scream online, and news outlets would cover it, but fellow politicians weren’t impressed. Thus when it came to getting a specific position on a committee, they were passed over. This shows you that influence is overrated, and a person’s heart can be deceptive. Jesus knew this all too well.
“But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.”
Influence didn’t sway Jesus
Once Jesus’ ministry took of people started following Him. They saw His miracles and heard His teachings, and the crowds swelled, but His newfound influence didn’t sway him. He didn’t trust the crowds because He knows the heart of man can be deceptively wicked. In a world where followers mean everything, Jesus saw through it and didn’t trust the fickleness of the human heart. Influence is overrated.
Jesus didn’t need anyone to speak for Him. He lets His words and deeds do the talking. Even then, after a boatload of evidence pointing to the fact that He was the Messiah, the Jewish leaders still crucified Him over their jealousy. We shouldn’t live to impress others. Our lives should be a testimony to the grace and provision of Jesus Christ. When people criticize you, their words shouldn’t stick because your actions speak louder.
Influence is Overrated
Don’t put your trust in another person. They will eventually disappoint you because they can’t possibly live up to your expectations. Jesus wasn’t swayed by the massive crowds who thronged all around Him. Instead, He went up on a mountain to get alone with His Father and hear what He wanted Him to do. If you’re searching for the applause of people online, let me encourage you to stop. They will eventually turn on you.