Men have mastered great feats of physical strength, they have developed a well-defined body. However, every man has a weakness they are powerless to develop. Man’s weak spot is his EGO, man constantly defends his character as defined by others. In other words, man is influenced by whatever other people think of him. The devil knows how important it is when others evaluate you, so he preys on our frailty. When a man is controlled by what others think he has no identity.
Mathew 11:6 Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.
No matter what you think or what you believe about Jesus, there will be people in your life who will not approve. It’s a sad thing but there are people who will not walk with the Lord, because they are afraid their friends and family will be offended. So, judge ye who is more important, what people think of you or what the Lord thinks of you. There is only one right answer to this question, can you choose what is best for you or what is best for those around you.
Mathew 16:24 If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.
People who care what others think of them have no cross of their own. When you are controlled by what others think, they are nailing you to their cross. Let me let you in on a little secret, it’s a lot easier to please God than it is people. Denying one’s self includes denying what others think as well. We are to nail our EGO on our cross, this means all the things people said that helped shape your EGO. If you get to the place where you don’t care what people think, you will greatly hinder the influence of the devil.
1 Thessalonians 2:4 We were allowed of God to be put in trust of the Gospel, and so we speak; not as pleasing men, but pleasing God, which tries our hearts.
Pleasing men is a huge problem in the church, leaders are in fear of offending people with the truth so they modify it. No one can please the will of men and the will of God simultaneously unless the men argue with the Lord. In order to walk with the Lord we must be willing to disappoint people who are close to us. Taking offense is a choice, a wise man should make a personal declaration that he will never be offended for any reason.