1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Colossians 3:1-10 KJV
We’re living in a time where there’s uncertainty within most people who are affected by the opinions of other people. We worry about what people think about us often, that it’s hard to truly focus on what God thinks about us and how we should live for Him daily...without worrying about what others may think we should or should not do or say. This has become a huge disappointment to the body of Christ and appears to be getting worse. But how did we get here and how do we change this particular type of experience? We get to the root of it all and deal with it.
Knowing who you are in Christ is very important in this life. If you don't know who you are, then you will be forced to live according to people’s opinion of you. Lacking a solid foundation in God’s Word is key and you must surround yourselves with people who will support you by encouraging, inspiring and uplifting you through the good and bad times of life. We must be completely honest with ourselves and allow God to work in us and has the perfect plan for us to impact our communities and many lives who are seeking hope. If you are not honest with yourself, you not only fool yourself but those around and/or watching you.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (rejecting the faith)?
2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
Looking at what the world has and call it success only leads to disappointment when one doesn’t have what they have. We look at folks in entertainment, social media, etc. and think they has success and we must look the part in order to feel successful. We feel we have to find identity in things, people and experiences...but in reality, we’re miserable and just not satisfied. People with that behavior and that feeling are not content with their lives and are not satisfied in who God called them to be. We try to find our identity through social media, which honestly creates this false individual or “alter ego” that will only gain the approval those who will attract to that falseness. We must overcome that by being content in God, through Christ and trust that His plan is better for us than our own plan. Our godly contentment is and should be based on our ability to change what we want into what God wants for us. But in most cases, we are being told to about how to make what we want, what God wants for us. That’s foolishness! There’s an order to this, and we must ensure that we are pleasing the Lord and walk in His purpose for us.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Psalms 37:4
These feelings put a strain on our marriages, or bodies, and usually block us from fulfilling our true creation roles. This is because they are based on superficial, exterior things. When we make how much we have, our sports stats, how many likes/hearts/RTs, etc. affect and represent who we are, then we have stepped away from God's thoughts of us and conform to the world's idea of who we should be.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred some the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:10 KJV
When a person is secure in who they are and what God has called them to be, then the opinions of people do not dictate their future. When we get in a place of self-denial we can be content, knowing that God's plan for us will never satisfy those that didn't follow it.
The negative opinions and pressure that is put on you when you are abiding in God, comes from people that could not do it themselves. They will constantly try to talk you out of your contentment because they themselves are not content.
Examine the source and you will find that most folks that interrupt your contentment are jealous and don't even know it. They don't even know why they are so concerned with your progress. They can't even tell you why they are saying what they are saying because if they would look at their present situation, they would realize that they have NO example of success from their own advice.
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: John 10:27 KJV
And though they may have "things", they have failed at their creation role (what we’re truly created for). Bad marriage, compromise, bad choices and decisions, bad children, bad health, etc all point to worldly gain, or “stuff”. They chased him and got him and missed out on the Kingdom!
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Luke 16:13 KJV
To Sum It Up
And though they may have "things" they have failed at their creation role (what we’re truly created for). Bad marriages, compromise, bad choices and decisions, bad children, bad health, etc all point to worldly gain, or “stuff”. They chased him and got him and missed out on the Kingdom! That's called the pride of life. But we should occupy in our God-given creation roles first and foremost. That is the Kingdom of God. If God is the King, then He sets the order, rules and provide us with the right goals. And seeking His plan will add the rest to us. Be of good courage and do not allow the opinions of people, and the pursuit of things in this life to block your contentment and alter God's plan for you.