Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God. And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me." John 12:42-50
As we contemplate the end of Your earthly life and ministry this week, I pray that we, as believers today, would not be like the rulers who believed in You but did not confess You as Lord and Savior. Lord Jesus, for myself, I pray that I would not love the approval of men more than Your approval. I ask that You would direct my heart and mind that I would seek Your approval and be bold in proclaiming Your name without fear or apprehension. I know that believing in You means that I believe in God, the One who sent You, and I desire to seek only His approval as I live in this fallen world.
In Your Name,