ONLINE CHURCH BULLETIN
POPULAR WITH ONE MAN
A railway gatekeeper, who one cold night required every passenger to show his ticket before passing through to the train, and was rewarded with considerable grumbling and protesting, was told: "You are a very unpopular man tonight." "I only care to be popular with one man," was the reply, "and that is the superintendent."
He might have pleased the passengers, disobeyed orders, and lost his position. He was too wise for that; his business was to please one man - the man who hired him, gave him his orders, rewarded him for faithfulness, and who would discharge him for disobedience.
The servant of Christ has many opportunities to make himself unpopular. For that matter, whole churches are caving in to social pressure. The multitudes want them to relax the strictness of God's Word. "No man can serve two masters" (Mt 6:24). He who tries to be popular with the world, will lose his popularity with the Lord. He will make friends, but he will lose the one Friend who is above all others (Prov. 18:24; Mt. 11: 19) He will win plaudits, but he will not hear the gracious words: "Well done!" (Mt. 25:21).