I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it. . . . We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of church, stoned, hunted from place to place, and finally gibbeted as a firebrand and a public danger. Whatever his peace was, it was not the peace of an amiable indifference. Dorothy Sayers
Jesus is compassionate and merciful, but he never shies away from the truth–even when it costs him his life. By our standards, Jesus was an absolute failure. He spent thirty years in relative obscurity, had his “fifteen minutes,” attracted the attention of the wrong people, and they had him killed.
I came across the above this summer, and it cut me to the bone. I wonder how often I let my desire to be inoffensive and charming get in the way of what God does through me.
As you go about your tasks today and this week, ask yourself this question: Do I let my desire for “success” or approval affect the choices I make?