When we hold back on being a disciple of Jesus, we are similar to these guys:
“Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
John 12:42-43 ESV
When I refuse to confess or subtly hide my belief in Jesus, I’m like these guys who wanted to ensure their own honor.
This is a getting rather than giving the glory problem.
When I allow my desire for notoriety or being approved by people to get in the way of my confession of Jesus, I’ve become one of those guys like in the text above.
This is a danger for all of us. Even pastors who pull a punch in a sermon for fear of what people may think, or how it may effect their “experience” may fall into this mindset. This may show a fear of approval or need to fit in. Or worse… The need to control.
Read the Gospels.
Jesus didn’t pull his punches.
Speak the truth about Jesus, no matter the consequences. No matter how the crowd may react.