The chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, 'What then do you want me to do with Him Whom you call the King of the Jews?'
So they cried out again, 'Crucify Him!'
Jesus faced many crowds. After He preached, some wanted to kill Him: 'All the people in the synagogue were furious... They got up, drove Him out of the town, and took Him to the brow of the hill... to throw Him off the cliff' (Luke 4:28-29).
After He fed the 5000, others wanted to 'Make Him king' (John 6:15). 'But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men' (John 2:24). He knew crowds could be dangerous and fans could be fickle. He refused peer pressure, because He had no peers.*
Consider the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Multitudes cried out, 'Hosanna in the highest' (Matthew 21:9). But a few days later, they cried differently: 'Crucify Him!'
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you're called saints. That's not news to you, but remember its definition: 'One separated from the world and consecrated to God' (Easton's Bible Dictionary). 'They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth' (John 17:16-17).
Therein, saints are sanctified: 'Set apart for sacred use' (American Heritage Dictionary). Therefore, 'Do not be conformed to this world' (Romans 12:2), but be 'Transformed into His Image' (2 Corinthians 3:18).
As in... Don't look like them, but Him. Don't listen to them, but Him. Your destiny is to lead, not follow. So if you see a herd of pigs running toward a cliff, don't join them. Instead, be unique. Walk in a better direction.
One more thing: don't let any crowd rain on your parade. Regardless of cheers or jeers, the show must go on. At the same time, don't let any crowd make you its grand marshal. Only One is grand. Only One can help you marshal the troops to lead righteously.
If you find yourself on top of a float, look up and smile. Give the glory to God.
To Be Continued...
* Past AMTC Devotions on peer pressure:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.