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Jesus' teaching ministry was extraordinarily excellent. Apart from teaching with integrity, He taught the way of God accurately and was indifferent to popular opinions. He was never moved by what other people thought about Him because He paid no attention to who they were, what they imagined and what they would be pleased to hear.

Reference: Luke 20:21 New Living Translation (NLT) "Teacher," they said, "we know that you speak and teach what is right and are not influenced by what others think. You teach the way of God truthfully."

This is exactly what Jesus represented - speaking the truth and teaching what is right. In other words, Jesus wasn't swayed by others, because He paid no attention to who they were or what they thought. In Matthew 22:16, when the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Jesus in His words, they still revealed the truth about Him. They sent their followers to Jesus along with the Herodians, saying, "we know that You are honest and that You teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You seek favor from no one, because You pay no attention to external appearance" (NIV). Interestingly, even though Jesus knew they were up to no good, they actually said the truth about Him.

Many a time the Pharisees pretended to be sincere. So they watched Him closely and sent spies who dissimulated their true colour and acted genuine and honest as a make-believe, yet Jesus knew their minds. However, in their pretence, they kept revealing the truth about Christ. But Jesus was focused on discoursing on the truth that kept delivering all manner of people and saving them from bondages and various calamities. Mainly, people's deliverance had been accomplished by the power of truth Jesus proclaimed. As it was by this power of truth that many people had been healed and restored fully, so it was by teaching God's way in truth that "unreal" people were exposed, shamed, stigmatized or disapproved.

Beloved, Jesus was never moved by men's applause, approval or praise in His teaching days, rather He was solely committed to the purpose of God's will and filled with the attentiveness of fulfilling of it. For instance, Luke 11:27-28 (NIV) says, "As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you." He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."" Instead of getting carried away by the woman's cheer, Jesus directed her attention to "obeying the Word" as she heard it. This suggests that we must always focus on what is greater and more important as we share and make God's way known to others in truth - for their all-round salvation. Let it be the effect that inspires change in people's lives, referring them to the thoughts of higher redemption which the Lord Jesus contemplates in regard to saving men's souls.

Now understand this: I am not saying that giving people a polite expression of praise and admiration is entirely wrong, I'm only acknowledging the importance of not being carried away by such praise and approval if you are the one receiving it. This is because if you're not fully dedicated to your commitment to God, such applause can evoke a keen sense of self-importance or abnormal high esteem, thereby taking your attention away from what is really more important to God. Of course, Jesus deserves our highest commendation, heartfelt accolades and positive affirmation but also we must learn from Him never to let such go into our head because the same people or audience who showered Him with plaudits were part of the crowd that screamed "crucify Him" (Matthew 27:20-23 NIV). Shalom!

Scripture Reading - Psalm 12:2; 2 Corinthians 19:7; Psalm 55:21; 2 Corinthians 2:17; Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4-5.

Guided Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, your way is holy, heavenly, spiritual, and life transforming, and it is the wisdom far above this world. The work, character and ministry of Christ introduced a great design which in view, delivers and saves all men by the power of truth. Therefore, by functioning in sync with the Spirit and mind of Christ, I thank you for my attainment of that perfect peace and joy which is derived from speaking the Word and teaching your way in truth in Jesus' Name, Amen!


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