But I will honor only those who honor me, and I will despise those who despise me.
—1 Samuel 2:30
Eli had a hard time disciplining his sons because he was more concerned about their opinion of him than God’s opinion of him. So God asked him, “Why do you honor your sons more than me—for you and they have become fat from the best offerings of my people!”
(1 Samuel 2:29).
Christians should value God’s Word and His opinion far more than they value the opinion of man. Jesus rebuked the Jews because they made no effort to obtain the true praise that comes only from God. Instead, they were more concerned about receiving praise from one another (John 5:44).
Someone once said, “Never be concerned about what others think about you, because they don’t think about you!” In reality, most people really think primarily about themselves, and their opinions will not count when you stand before almighty God. The day will come when all men will be silent, and you alone will give an account for your choices and convictions. Where will your fans or critics be then?
If you place God’s opinion above all else, it may cost you a friend. However, at the final judgment, all eternity will record your integrity before Him. Stand firm in the truth, and honor God above anyone else, even family.