A Salt and Light Kind of Influence

Dubai is listed as one of the most influential cities in the world. It’s easy to see the influence that various cultures have had by simply looking at the architecture landscape of Dubai’s buildings, the array of food served in restaurants and hotels, the various events that pop up around the city, and even in the way people dress and interact with each other. All of which can be attributed to the people that inhabit Dubai.

Over 86 percent of the nationalities living in Dubai are foreign born, a diversity that is almost unparalleled in other cities around the world. From Singapore to India, Britain to Finland, South Africa to the U.S., Australia to Japan and everywhere in between, the people of various visiting countries have influenced the way Dubai citizens live their lives.

Most expats moved to Dubai for a better job opportunity. We were offered a chance to move up in our career, to establish ourselves financially to give our families a new start, the adventure of a lifetime, and the opportunity to experience life in a different position – a position of influence. 

Whatever our situation, we would have never considered our “opportunity” strategic in any way with regards to being Christian; especially being Christian in Dubai. In this sense we could look at a group of people who wouldn’t have considered their existence strategic with regards to their beliefs either – the early church of first-century Christians.

Today, we associate Rome with the Catholic Church, but if you could go back in time and tell first-century Christians living in Rome that their city would one day be full of ornate crosses celebrating Jesus, they wouldn’t believe you. They lived in an environment hostile to their faith. People around them considered them members of a strange cult. They faced intense persecution.

The emperor Nero falsely accused them of setting the Great Roman Fire of 64 AD and punished them by crucifying them and feeding them to dogs. The apostles Peter and Paul were martyred during Nero’s persecution. Yet by the third century, Christianity had grown into the official religion of Rome. Thankfully, we personally live in a city that has a great appreciation for a variety of faiths.  Nevertheless, we are surrounded by a region that feels extremely similar. How then did such a hated, powerless people become so influential?

In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said some surprising things that reveal what he thought about power and influence. He lists a number of qualities that he associates with being blessed: those who are poor in spirit, mourn, and are meek; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; those who are merciful and pure in heart; those who are peacemakers; those who are persecuted because of righteousness or are insulted because of their faith in him (Matthew 5:3–10).

None of what Jesus said made much sense to people living in first-century Rome. In their world, might made right. Women, children, the elderly, and the sick had no voice. Generosity wasn’t a virtue. Human life had little value. Yet within a few centuries, the followers of Jesus turned the Roman Empire upside down.

Jesus used two word pictures that explain how his followers, living on the margins of Roman society, changed their world. His metaphors were a call to his followers to live world-changing lives. Though they had no standing in the culture in which they lived, their lives would be the last stand.

“You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13a).

Salt is a preservative; it prevents food from rotting. Jesus was calling his followers to be the preservative of the entire earth. Though their world was falling down around them, first-century Christians lived out a kind of mercy, purity of heart, and righteousness that found worth in those that Roman society thought worthless. They demonstrated a powerful love that changed the way the world valued human life.

“You are the light of the world. A town placed on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

Jesus meant for his followers to light up the world, showing the way to God’s grace. He called them to live in such a way that the people around them would connect the dots between how Christians live and the God they serve.

If you’re a Christian, it’s because someone was salt and light in your life. God put them in your life at just the right time. When you look back on your life, those people were “towns on a hill,” showing you the way to God’s grace. Their persistence may have been a little irritating, but their love changed your life.

You have a chance to influence those around you during your time in Dubai with that same love and grace.  It’s a transient city, ever changing, with people coming and going from all around the world.  We have an opportunity wherever we are, in our workplace, in our neighborhoods, even on the roads in our cars, to be salt and light and help people connect what we do to the God we serve. We can be salt and light to the people of Dubai. Two things that Dubai’s culture absolutely loves when you think about it. Who is one person for whom you can be salt and light this week?

Why Easter is Unbelievably Believable

Andy Stanley said, “From a distance, the Easter Story seems so unbelievable.  But when you look at the details of the narrative closely what begins as a story that’s so unbelievable, becomes so unbelievably believable.”

When you think about Easter what comes to mind? Some of our minds immediately race to new spring outfits, Easter egg hunts, and Easter baskets dropped off by the Easter bunny (Easter Fox, Rooster, or Stork depending on where you are from) that left us digging for that last Cadbury’s chocolate egg and handful of jelly beans.

For some of us that may have grown up with some type of church background, similar to the Evangelical Church in Dubai, we may have similar memories, yet the majority of our celebration revolves around the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A story that is in many ways overwhelmingly unbelievable.

For many, the Easter story has left a taste of disbelief in our hearts. Although it’s often agreed Jesus was a prophet, a good man, a historic figure even, it’s still pretty hard to chew on the fact that he was the Son of God. Religion asks us to believe the Easter story simply because the Bible says its true.  However, we as a Non denominational church in Dubai believe the Easter story because the eyewitnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the people that knew the eyewitnesses, believed and gave their lives for what they believed.  Two men in particular: James, the brother of Jesus and Paul, a man who persecuted and killed Christians for a living.

Think about it. What would it take for your brother or sister to believe that you were the Son of God – God in the flesh? James had this very problem. He wasn’t a follower of Jesus.  He didn’t believe his brother was God. He believed his brother Jesus was crazy! Now think about anyone you’ve ever come into contact with that absolutely hates Christians; like with all they are can’t stand them. The apostle Paul, the same Paul regarded as a Saint in the Catholic Church, hated Christians so much that he tracked them down all over the Middle Eastern region to kill them.

The Easter story is not a sugar coated fairy-tale or fable. It is a story full of shame and messy stories of liars (Peter), killers (Paul), doubters (Jesus’ disciples), pride, scandal, and the testimonies of people who saw it all with their very own eyes; yet lived to tell what they saw that made them believe. Paul confirms this in his letter to the followers of Christ in Corinth. 1 Corinthians 15:7-9 says:

“… he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than five hundred of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around (although a few have fallen asleep); that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me. It was fitting that I bring up the rear. I don’t deserve to be included in that inner circle, as you well know, having spent all those early years trying my best to stamp God’s church right out of existence.”

It is their belief that makes your childhood faith, your current faith, your lack of faith, your curiosity, your consideration, or your conviction of faith not exist in vain.

 

 

Destination Here: The Road to The Perfect Wish

It’s almost the New Year, and we all have plans and wishes for ourselves and those near and dear to us; all of them for good. It’s definitely a good thing, but did you know that there could be a much better plan for you? It’s not you who’s going to be doing the wishing and planning – God is, and there’s no person who has a better plan for your life than God.

If you go to an evangelical Church  in Dubai or anywhere else in the world but have missed this particular lesson, then it’s time that you brushed up about how perfect God’s plans are for us’ it’s just that our plans are in the way.

Being Careful What You Wish For

There’s definitely nothing wrong with wishing. In fact, wishing is the proof that God has indeed created us, as it’s a way, other than praying, that we make our Creator know of our desires. But sometimes, our wishes are not a reliable proof of what we truly want, as there are times when we got what we’ve been wishing for, only for us to find out that it’s not just what we don’t want, but the exact opposite of what we would like to have, be in or with, or become. But hey, it can’t be that bad; the wish can just be undone; right? Well, sometimes you just can’t, and that is why we need to be careful what we wish for.

Or better yet – instead of being careful of our wishes, why not let God do the wishing for us? He is, after all, the one who knows us best – even better than we know ourselves. His wishes for us are neither whimsical nor fleeting; they are what’s best for us and we’ll never regret them, as their fulfillment is what God intends in our lives.

Fulfilling Wishes, Following Paths

Therefore, it’s only right that we leave the wishing up to God. But don’t think that He will just magically snap it into reality. As much as He can and would love to do that, the fulfillment of His desires for our lives require our participation. That means following the path He intends for us to follow.

The road God wants us to take is definitely not easy to walk on, but the destination, which is what we are meant to have, be with, and become, are more than worth every difficulty along the way. And with guidance from The One who has created the path we are meant to take, then the right plans and wishes will come true and we will lead the best lives – the ones we should be living.

With the New Year fast approaching, there is no better time to pray for the guidance of God so that His perfect plan can happen in our lives. But why wait for the New Year? Why not pray for it and, with His help, start making it happen now?

Family Matters

It may sound cheesy or old-school, but it’s true: your family is still the most important people you’ll have in your entire life; it shouldn’t take a lecture in an evangelical church in Dubai for you to realize that. But because of the many dynamics of adult life, we get sidetracked, forget that fact, and struggle with our relationship towards your spouse and children.

Don’t let that happen to you. With these pieces of advice, you’ll experience the least possible difficulties with dealing with your family and have a harmonious and happy life with them.

What’s Yours and Yours Alone

There is no denying that your career is a vital part of your life as an adult, a professional, and a family man or woman. After all, it gives your life purpose and brings food to the table. But don’t think, not even for a second, that it’s going to be the most defining aspect of your life. That is because there will come a day, whether you like it or not, that you will leave your job and the people who are in it; somebody is going to take your place, and the people who once found you valuable will no longer be in contact with you.

On the other hand, your family will always be there, and you will always have to be there for them. You are the only one who can do the things that make them truly happy, and they are the only ones who can do the things that truly make you happy. And while someone can do the work you left, no one else can take care of your children and spouse in the same way you do. After all, if some people’s legacies are their work, yours is who you raised.

First Name, Not Last

Aside from career, another important concern for a lot of adults would be their reputation. And because of their concern for this particular aspect of their life, it interferes with how they raise their children, especially if a kid of theirs has attention-catching problematic behaviors.

What they don’t understand is that when they discipline their children, the concern shouldn’t be what other people think of the family name, but instead it should be the welfare of the child. The same principle follows when you’re encouraging your child in his or her chosen endeavors. Are you cheering for them because you are proud of them as your children? Or is it because their success would bring the family honor? Think about it.

The Two of You

Another problem that is usually encountered in domestic life would be the lack of time between spouses. This arises because couples don’t realize that you shouldn’t find time for each other; instead, they should be making time for one another. And if both your calendars don’t include anything for just the two of you, then there’s something wrong with your schedule and it might affect your relationship .

Contrary to popular belief, family life isn’t always simple. But with the proper time allotment, mindset, and love, home life will be a joyous and satisfying one.

Are you Where You Want to Be in Life?

Life is an exciting and colorful journey. It comes with one problem though: it doesn’t come with a guide, a compass, or a map. That means you’re going to have to figure out how to get from where you are to where you want to be all by yourself. Of course, you have your loved ones, and you can ask an evangelical church in Dubai or anywhere near you for help, but the most they can give you is advice; the rest is still up to you.

And since there is no way for you to tell how to get to where you wish to be in, there’s a chance that you are already there; you just don’t know it yet. So, how do you know if you’re already in the spot you’ve always desired to stand on, the place you know you’re destined to be in? Maybe taking these things into perspective will help.

Are You Happy?

This doesn’t just mean being in a good mood most of the time; this means being in a constant state of joy and contentment because you know that being somewhere else wouldn’t give you the same feeling. After all, you can be living a life that is considered by society as successful, but if you find no satisfaction and pride in it, then you’re definitely not theree yet.

Is It Difficult?

The places where we want to be in take a lot of effort and sacrifices to reach.

But why does the path have to be paved with thorns? That’s because it’s a test. How much do you want to get there? The answer to that question is how willing and able you are to overcome every hardship that is standing in your way.

Imagine Being Somewhere Else…

A lot of people have a lot of wishes and what ifs. These aren’t just the usual playful thoughts and hypothetical questions they ask themselves from time to time; these are their unfulfilled desires, and one of those things would be the point in their lives that they are in.

Now, have you ever thought and felt the same way? If so, then maybe the life you are living isn’t the life you have envisioned for yourself. And if that’s the case, then don’t worry; it’s never too late to turn things around.

Within Yourself and God

No matter how much you tell yourself that everything’s alright and you’re where you think you want to be even though you’re not, then maybe it’s time to listen to yourself. What is it that you believe is your purpose in life? Search within your soul. And if you can’t seem to find your center, pray to God. He is always looking out for you, and Hhe is more than willing to bring you to where you want to be, to where you’re meant to be.

Some people look for their purpose their whole life and never find it. You can’t blame them; after all, it’s never easy to do so. Difficult, however, doesn’t mean impossible. And surely enough, you’ll find it.

Managing Tension

Whenever the word tension is heard within any organization, whether it is a corporate business or an evangelical church in Dubai, people usually think that it’s something that must either be avoided or resolved right away. That, however, shouldn’t always be the case, as there are times – and there are many of them – when they’re actually beneficial for an institution.

However, like fire, for tension to become beneficial, it needs to be harnessed properly. And in order for you to be able to do so, here are a few things you should keep in mind.

No Tension is a Problem

If the institution you’re in is sailing a little bit too smoothly, then there may be something wrong. It’s not that you’re looking for people who disagree with each other in your organization; it’s just that the lack of tension could mean that your organization is beginning to stagnate, that there is no longer anyone in it who has enough passion to bring up their ideas and risk being at odds with a person or two for what they believe could help everyone.

Healthy Tension Isn’t Conflict

It may not seem like it, but there is actually a big difference between healthy tension and conflict. While both of them naturally occur in any organization, tension usually happens because two opposing persons or groups both have something to offer to the table, it’s just that they happen to be contradictory with each other. Conflict, on the other hand, happens because their disagreement has reached a personal level. And once things get personal, that’s when they get problematic.

Be an Advocate for Both Sides

As a leader, it’s only right that you’re not biased between two parties that are in tension. However, being unbiased doesn’t mean not siding with either; instead, it’s about supporting the good ideas both sides can offer. For in the same way that healthy competition improves the services offered by two rival companies, healthy tension helps cultivate the ideas and suggestions of each side.

Two Important People

However, it’s never enough that two opposing sides both have something good to offer, as each of them should have these two important people: the ones who are very passionate about a particular idea, and the ones who are mature enough to both take into consideration the suggestions of the other side and recognize when they have to either revise or relinquish their position.

These two kinds of people balance each other out, allowing each side to provide fresh insights and have a respectful dialogue with each other. Without the former, each side won’t be able to provide helpful insights, while the lack of the latter could spell conflict. In fact, if there is conflict that arises from tension, it’s not because of the tension, but because people on each side – or even worse, both – have a personality problem, which must be resolved.

Without tension there could be no, if not much less, innovation and revolution within an organization. However, just like every necessary element in an institution, balance and proper management is needed to make the most out of it.

The High Road: 4 Steps To Help You Become Wiser

Whether you attend an evangelical church in Dubai or a place of worship of a different Christian sect, wisdom is one of the most important traits a person should have. With it, a person can do the right thing even in the most difficult situations. However, it’s never easy to gain such an important and admirable attribute.

Still, difficult is not impossible. Those who are wise know that, and those who wish to be wise believe that. And whichever of the two you may be, you should know that there is always more room for greater wisdom. So without further ado, here are a few steps that can help you become a wiser person.

Read the Bible

It sounds awfully cliché, but it’s true: reading the Bible makes a person wiser. Regardless of whether you are a Christian or not, the Bible is a great source of lessons that are not just spiritual, but also personal and practical.

In addition, the Bible, whether you believe in its stories or not, teaches us important things aside from wisdom like kindness, love, righteousness, hard work, and obedience. Without all these things, it’s impossible to be wise.

Read a Lot

The Bible is undoubtedly a great book, but there are other books you can also learn from. But don’t just read anything and everything – you should choose which books you should read. So, which ones should be part of your personal library? Those with substance.

Read about the lives of those who have affected history for the better.  Read tips on how to live frugally. Read about success stories. Read on how you can have an impact on the people around you, or even to the world.

Learn from Your Experiences

Throughout our entire lives, we gain experiences. They can be good, bad, happy, sad, and so many things in between. Either way, however your experiences may be described as, they have greatly helped build who you are today. Therefore, whatever the nature of your experiences may be, you should get some lessons from it. This is especially true with negative experiences, as it will help you do better next time.

Surround Yourself with Wise People

A wise man once said “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” While it may seem a bit of an exaggeration, as it’s impossible to tell who a person truly is just by the people he or she issurround with, it’s undeniable that a person’s circle can somehow tell a few of his or her facets. Aside from that, it’s also a well-known truth that friends influence you for better or worse.

If that’s the case, then being with wise people can help you become wiser. Talk to them, ask them for advice, spend time with them, have them share their experiences with you – do these things and you’ll find yourself with more nuggets of wisdom than before.

You may not be the most intelligent person there is, but that’s okay, because anyone can be wise. And it is the wise who bring forth the greatest positive change both in the people around them and the world.

Overcoming Sin

“Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” – Romans 6:14

According to Apostle Paul, sin does not control when we die, nor does it have to control what we do when we live. Once we place our faith in Christ, the old “us” is dead and we become a whole new person. No longer do we have to live the way we used to live.

As we previously discussed, we all know what it’s like to have to deal with the urge to sin. Yes, this includes the good people who regularly attend evangelical church in Dubai. There are times when we do the wrong thing because of the sin in us. Apostle Paul explains that there is no fundamentally good person because we were all born in sin. He also explains that the solution is simply to be placed in Christ, so what is true of Christ becomes true of us and we become forgiven.

Declare

For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. – Romans 6:9

Because Christ already died when he was crucified on the cross, and he was raised from the dead, he cannot die again. Jesus Christ did not just die to life, he also died to sin. Because Jesus was able to conquer death, he also conquered the power of sin.

In the same way, we who are in Christ must also consider ourselves dead to sin but alive to God. We must believe, accept, and declare that sin is no longer our master. In the previous sermon, Andy Stanley encourages us to whisper “Sin is not my master.” in an effort to overcome temptation before we give in to it. Declare your freedom.

But as we all know, this isn’t the easiest thing.

Decide

Apostle Paul reminds us to think of sin as an intangible personification of evil. And each time we give in to sin, we are letting it reign our mortal body. After all, it cannot overcome us if we do not let it!

Notice that right before we do something we know is wrong, we experience internal conflict. You realize there are two sides of you: one who encourages and justifies the sin you want to commit, and another that tries to prevent you from doing it.

Here’s a question to ask yourself: each time you wrestle with sin or temptation, which side of the argument do you identify with?

If you wrestle from the standpoint of Adam, do you justify the sin? Do you just shrug it off and say “Eh, no one’s perfect.”, “This is normal.”, or “Well this is who I’ve always been, everyone knows that.”? This is arguing from the standpoint of sin.

If you wrestle from the standpoint from who you are as placed in Christ, your thought process is more likely to go like this: “Sin is trying to conquer me.”, “That sin is trying to rule my life.”, or “Why should I do something that I know will hurt me or anyone around me?”.

Again we ask, do you wrestle from the standpoint of being born in Adam, or placed in Christ?

We have a choice. We are capable of saying ‘No’ to sin, because the power of sin has already been broken.

Remember that sin doesn’t even have to take over our whole body to cause havoc! Paul reminds us never to loan or offer any member of our physical bodies. Our eyes, hands, feet, mind, and other individual parts of our body are so easily overcome by sin. However, we can’t let sin borrow even just bits and parts of us. We have the opportunity to offer every part of our physical bodies to our Heavenly Father as an instrument of righteousness.

Devote

In light of this, we are further encouraged to devote ourselves to God. Andy says that every morning he prays “God, today I offer my hands, feet, eyes, ears, and mind to you.” as a way of devoting his whole physical self. It is so easy, does not take up much of our time, but can make all the difference in the world in keeping us from sinning.

You are capable of overcoming sin and declaring, deciding, and devoting yourself to God. How can you stay dead to sin? What can you do each day in an effort to devote yourself to God?

“Think First, Act Later”: How to Make Wise Decisions

Ask anyone in an evangelical church in Dubai, “Do you think about each of your actions before you do them?”. Very few people will say yes and actually mean it; it’s likely that more people will admit that no, they do not think about each action before doing it. Admittedly, that seems like such a tedious task, doesn’t it? Having to think about every step seems like being overly cautious and not taking any risks!

There’s no need to think about every single action before doing it. All we really need to do is know how to make wise important decisions. How do we do that?

Identify your goal

Take out all the factors first: what is your main goal for this decision? If there is more than one and they are contradicting, identify which one is your priority and accept that you cannot have both. When you identify your main goal, it’s easier to make the best decisions necessary if you keep this in mind.

Consider all possible choices

Sometimes it’s not very clear what the choices are, just that you have to make them. Brainstorm and try to figure out all the possible choices. There could still be a workaround for things that seem impossible, it’s all a matter of thinking outside the box!

Consider all the possible consequences

After considering all the possible choices you can make, you also need to think of the possible consequences of each decision. What are the pros and cons? What are the risks? Will you be able to deal with the cons? This is such a simple concept but often overlooked!

Ask people

If you think you’re too close to the situation to make logical decisions, try to ask the opinion of friends or family members who have your best interest at heart. It would be best to ask a neutral party, who has nothing to gain or lose from your decision. This way you can be sure that their opinions are unbiased. It would also be wise to ask someone you know who has already made decisions for similar situations and see how it turned out for them.

Don’t give in to temptation

There are times when you know it’s a bad decision, but you are so inclined to make it. Sound familiar? It is not uncommon for us to end up in situations wherein the thing we want to do is actually the wrong thing to do. In cases like this, we have to make the conscious effort to remind ourselves that sin is not our master, and we are perfectly capable of walking away from temptation. The trick here is to not even entertain the thought: just walk away. Just walk away.

Accept that you can’t completely avoid consequences

In some cases, even the best decision will have its repercussions. You’re just going to have to live with it. After all, the saying ‘you can’t please everybody’ also goes for yourself: there will be times that you just can’t please yourself. It’s best to get it over with and move on.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly you’ll see the rewards of being able to make wise decisions. It will be much more convenient, you’re less prone to make mistakes and deal with the consequences, and you’ll be able to grow as a person each time.

How Important is Recognition

Everyone, be it a pastor of an evangelical church in Dubai or a dean of a university in Europe,  has this innate desire to be recognized, applauded, and mentioned for something they either excel in or are fond of. This is a natural part of our humanity, and can even be beneficial both to ourselves and more importantly, God and others. However, it can also cause us harm and to those around us. And to make matters worse, this desire to be known does not know how to be satisfied.

Unsatisfied

This desire to be seen and known can be traced back to our childhood, when we learned how to get our parents’ attention.  As we grow older, we look for  attention from our friends, colleagues, subordinates, higher-ups, and even strangers. We want recognition, awards, followers, and applause; the more we receive these things, the more we want them. It’s an appetite that can never be satisfied.

Without the proper viewpoint, this problem can become so big that it can be a detriment to people’s lives. Thankfully, there is always someone we can look up to as an example when it comes to handling fame and influence. His name is John the Baptist.

The Renowned Baptist

Perhaps there is no baptizer more renowned than John the Baptist. During his time, people baptized themselves. So when he began his ministry of baptism, it was seen as radical and ahead of its time, as the idea of a person baptizing another was unheard of.  In addition, what John was doing was considered a big deal not just because of its novel and seemingly controversial nature, but also because of the great number of followers he has. A reading from Mark backs it up:

“The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.” – Mark 1:5

While the statement seemed minor and definitely not meant to be taken literally, it is important, as it signifies the commitment of his followers to him. This is because during those times, if you are to come from Jerusalem and the Judean countryside, it would take you three whole days just to get to Jordan River. To his followers, that definitely meant a lot of dedication!

And because of his greatness and the great number and loyalty of those who listened to him, a lot of people thought John the Baptist was either a prophet like Elijah or the Messiah. But when asked who he is, he told them that he’s neither. He knew he could but he didn’t, for he knew the truth that someone greater was coming: Jesus Christ, and he knew that his role and the reason behind his renown was so that he can point all of his followers to the Messiah.

Become Greater, Become Less

Upon Jesus’ arrival, John began telling his followers to “unfollow” him and heed Christ instead. Of course it wasn’t easy, but he knew that it’s what’s supposed to be done and it didn’t bother him. However, his closest followers did.

Jesus did the same thing John did, which was baptizing people, and his followers thought it was a bad thing and told him about it. In response, John told them that a person can only receive what was given to him by heaven (John 3:28). John knew that what he has received – his renown, influence, and followers – were all just given to him by God. He knew that he was merely a steward of all those things , and that what matters is that he was able to fulfill his life mission: to bring the people who once followed him to the one they should follow all their lives.

With John as our example, we should realize that becoming known shouldn’t be something we should strive for. Instead, we should do what God told us to do, and whether we become known for it or otherwise, what’s important is the recognition and accolade we get from heaven.