We end the week with Jesus dying to an area that most of us don’t feel really affects us. We consider it to be a problem with the movie stars and celebrities. However, hidden behind every symptom lies the real root problem. Jesus teaches us through His life on this earth how to die to fame. The word was getting out about the new man in town named Jesus who was performing miracles.
“And news about Him began to go out to every place in the vicinity…When it was day, He went out and made His way to a deserted place. But the crowds were searching for Him. They came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said to them, ‘I must proclaim the good news about kingdom of God to the other towns also, because I was sent for this purpose.’” Luke 4:37, 42-43
If news about you was spreading regarding all the wonderful things you were doing and accomplishing how would you respond? Would you go and seek out a deserted place or would you seek out more public places to show off? Jesus chose to seek a deserted place. Even when the crowds found Him, He did not give in to their wishes of making a movie star out of Him. Instead, He continued with His purpose to follow God’s plan. Even Jesus’ own brothers wanted Him to prove to everyone who He was and to be public with the work He was doing.
“The Jewish Festival of Tabernacles was near, so His brothers said to Him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea so Your disciples can see Your works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while he’s seeking public recognition. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.’” John 7:1-5
Click here to read a great perspective on the fame we all try to seek. As mentioned before you might not think you have a problem with dying to this area. However, once you read this perspective it might just change your mind. Today may we forfeit our desire to be noticed by others and truly seek for people to see only Jesus in and through our lives.