The Blessing of Unpopularity

Michael Beck

“… Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also.” (John 8:19)

Jesus understood why people were repelled by or attracted to Him. All depended on their sensitivity to God. Those who had ears to hear the word of the Father, recognized His voice in the Son. Those who were not being taught of God wanted nothing to do with the Word made flesh.

If our Master was unknown to so many, why would we want recognition by any but God’s own? Even as men found no beauty in Christ to be desired, so they will find no beauty in us, if we walk as He walked.

The mission of Jesus was not to find popularity on earth. His earthly destination was a cross. There He was vilified, not celebrated; reviled, not revered. We also have a cross to bear, where very few will love and appreciate us. But after the cross comes the crown. In heaven, we will forever be known, loved, and appreciated by the only One whose praise matters, and by those who know Him.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.