Shepherd Daily Devotional – After the Recognition

“The important thing is not whether you are recognizable or not, but why you are recognizable.”

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Mark 6:54

We all tend to feel special whenever people easily recognize us at a public place, especially in a ceremony. We feel honored and respected when we don’t have to introduce ourselves in public. To be recognizable means you are famous or popular. It also means you are that person who stands out in a crowd because others think you are unique and exceptional. There’s hardly any leader who isn’t easily recognized. The moment you become a leader, whether in your field of endeavor or in an organization, you will be recognizable. It’s all most impossible to be a leader and not be recognizable. But being recognizable doesn’t necessarily mean you are making impact in society. While you can be recognizable for the right reasons, you can also be noticeable for the wrong reasons. So the important thing is not whether you are recognizable or not, but why you are recognizable.  

One time, Jesus and His disciples traveled to a place, named, Gennesaret. Before He could settle, the people saw Him. And the moment they recognized Jesus, they ran throughout the whole region and carried the sick people on mats so He could heal them of their illnesses (Mark 7:55). Think about that for a moment. As soon as the people recognized Jesus, the next thing that crossed their minds was, “The healer is in town, let’s bring together the sick!” In other words, the moment they recognized Jesus, they were reminded of his work. What went through their minds after they recognized Jesus was the work for which he was known for. In the same way, that the people were reminded of the miraculous works of Christ the moment they recognized Him, the people around you are likely going to think of your antecedents whenever they see or recognize you.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I want to be recognized for the right reasons. Amen.


Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.

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