Monday, April 29, 2013

It Is All about God

But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea, And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.  And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him. For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
--MARK 3:7-12

Wherever Jesus went, his fame preceded him. He attracted hordes of people, eager to meet him. He was revered, even worshiped, as a healer and a miracle worker.

The scriptures tell of Jesus' power to exorcise demonic spirits. In the Markan account of Jesus' journey with his disciples to the sea, the unclean spirits that Jesus is exorcis­ing fall on their knees before Jesus and shout, "You are the son of God." Jesus sternly orders the unclean spirits not to make him known.

We might not understand his insistence on shunning the limelight, but Jesus' interest lies less in garnering atten­tion, recognition, and fame for himself than in focusing the spotlight on God.

How that differs from our egotistic human nature! Ours is an increasingly self-centered, narcissistic world. Corpo­rate greed, an increasing disparity between wealthy and poor, those with privilege and those on the margins of life are just a few signs of a "me first" attitude. The slogan of the moment for far too many is "It's all about me!"

In stark contrast, Jesus shuns center-stage attention. He prefers to focus our attention and our praise beyond him­self to God. Jesus demonstrates that though he is the Son of God, it is not all about him! Jesus steps outside the spotlight of fame and attention in order to point to the almighty and all-loving power of God so others will see the divine glory through Jesus' life and ministry.

Likewise, we offer our lives in service and ministry with deep gratitude to God for life and in profound thanksgiving for the grace and love of Jesus Christ. It's not about us; it is all about the power and love of God!

Gracious God, may all my words, actions, and good works today bring glory not to me but to you. Amen.

--Robert T. Hoshibata, Heal, Dakotas Ann Conf.

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Miss Lladale Carey
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