Who Am I?
This is another one of those times I don’t want to confess my weaknesses. There is a part of me that wants to be liked by people to the point of becoming a people pleaser. The other side of me is extremely strong willed and will not compromise what I believe to be right or ethical. Both of these traits have their positive and negative aspects to them. Unfortunately, the people pleasing side of me tends to keep me in an unhealthy situation longer than I should be.
Jesus was not a people pleaser. He was confident with His identity in the Father. He knew who He was and didn’t stick around when He wasn’t wanted. He didn’t stand there and lecture the Pharisees about how wrong they were or that they would be sorry. He didn’t go pout in the corner because someone didn’t like Him. He didn’t even go to counseling to deal with the rejection. (I have nothing against counseling.) He just left.
This verse helps remind me that my identity doesn’t come from the people around me, or if they decide to like me. People change their likes and dislikes throughout the day. It is ok if I am not liked, because like Jesus, my identity comes from the Father. If you don’t believe me go ask Jesus yourself.