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Fill in the blank. But because of __________ I would not confess my faith for fear I will be kicked out of _______ . Because of my colleagues at work? Because of my friends? Because of my family? Because of my boss?

Whose acceptance am I striving for? Whose rejection do I fear? Where does my identity come from?

May I care more what God thinks of me than my colleagues, boss, friends or family. May I seek to please Him in all I do.

Yet at the same time, many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. John 12:42-43

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