Sometimes we get priorities mixed up. Like, is right always right or only when it is also acceptable?

Jesus lived a model of spiritual focus. Without compromise Jesus pursued the mission, and differing opinions and advice (peer pressure) became (with effort, I’m sure) silenced.

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“I don’t accept praise from humans. But I know what kind of people you are. You don’t have any love for God. I have come with the authority my Father has given me, but you don’t accept me. If someone else comes with his own authority, you will accept him. How can you believe when you accept each other’s praise and don’t look for the praise that comes from the only God?” (John 5:41b-44 God’s Word).

Despite that people tend to wait for approval to do right. Or they turn down their hot love for Jesus with the ice water of hypocrites and power players.

“Many rulers believed in Jesus. However, they wouldn’t admit it publicly because the Pharisees would have thrown them out of the synagogue. They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them” (John 12:42-43 God’s Word).

No doubt, standing for Jesus and justice may become hard, even dangerous. But when you die and Jesus takes a look at your life list, will Jesus let you off the hook for work not done because you let people shape your mission away from what God called you to do?