What Will They Think?
In Luke 1, an angel visited a maiden called Mary with an extraordinary announcement: God had chosen her to birth His son the savior of the world. In that short account we see Mary go through a myriad of emotions but ultimately says yes to God. She did not have much time to think it though, consider all the pros and cons but still said yes!! She was willing to put her life on hold, her reputation on the line to undertake something she didn't fully comprehend. Yes, it was a great honor to be chosen by God but in this case it also exposed her to ridicule, gossip and scornful looks. She did not pause to ask what people will think of her seemingly being pregnant out of wedlock.
Sometimes we miss out of the blessings that come with serving God because we worry about what others will think. We miss an opportunity to tell someone about Christ because we wonder what they will think of us. Your friends and work colleagues don't know you're a Christian because you worry about what they will think of you if they know. Maybe they will ridicule you or shun you so you've kept your Christianity as your "dirty little secret". You roll with them, drink with them, club with them like you're one of them. When you are inside the church you're all on fire for God but once you step out you are someone else. You cannot tell people when you are going to church because you are worried about what they will think.
Maybe that is not your story. You have said yes to the Lord but cannot fully commit because you have realized the price for following Christ is too high. Know that Jesus went all out to purchase your freedom. You cannot do Christianity half way, it demands your all.
Remember what Jesus said: if you deny me before men I will deny you before my father who is in Heaven. When you say yes to the Lord, let nothing else be more important.