"For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world."
For not even His brothers were believing in Him. - John 7:4-5 NASB
These verses pique my interest today.
We are given that the Lord’s brothers (two of whom would go on to be contributors to the canon of scripture) at this stage in Him ministry did not believe in Him. They did however believe in the wonders He was doing.
If you are going to do these miracles – do them where You can receive the notoriety they bring.
If the world sees what You can do, Your popularity will increase, and so your influence.
There are those for whom notoriety is anathema – they are so “with Jesus” when He avoids the crowds.
There are others for whom every step is calculated to build or enhance their ‘platform’ so they ‘get’ Jesus when He rides into town in great pomp and procession.
Jesus does not ‘do’ to impress or draw people, nor does He ‘do’ to drive people away.
He ‘does’ to please the Father.
"And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him." - John 8:29
He ‘does’ to seek and save the lost.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." - Luke 19:10
He ‘does’ that which destroys the work of the devil.
the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. - 1 John 3:8
For Jesus, it is never about Him, but about the glory of the Father.
The Father on the other hand was pleased to make it all about Jesus.
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, - Philippians 2:9
Father, help me with my motives. Fill me once again with Your Spirit that I might ‘do’ what pleases You and accomplishes Your desires. Let me have this same mind in me today.
Don’t forget to shine, no matter where the Lord has placed you today.