I'm Not in a Popularity Contest
2 Corinthians 10:12-13
May 20, 2003
1. When I was a boy in grade school, I remember the students who were always the most popular. Maybe it was academics, good looks (like me), or some other charismatic part of their personality.
a. But they were often the ones other students looked up to-they aspired to be like them. And, I might add, most would do whatever they could to when the popularity vote of their peers. But, you and I both know that there is a danger in that.
ILLUSTRATION: An old fable that has been passed down for generations tells about an elderly man who was traveling with a boy and a donkey. As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal's back. When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal's back and continued on his way. In the third village, people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, and the suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.
The conclusion? To be popular with everyone, you must please everyone, and that is impossible!
1) Let me just say to you, your worth is not in acceptance by others or in how popular you may be, your worth in Jesus Christ. And let me add, He is the only one we need to please.
I. THERE IS A DANGER IN TRYING TO WIN THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS
1. If you want to see the evidence in that look at our young generation today. Most young people are too immature to individualize their ...
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