Look at me! Part 2
When children grow up, they want attention. “Look at me!” they shout. There is something within us that we want to prove we are worthy or worth noticing. We do that by what we wear, what we drive, how we talk and how we look. It becomes much more subtle the older we get, but there is still something within us that wants others to notice us. I realize there are introverted quiet types who do not want that attention. They get the attention in other ways. There are others, of course, who are growing in Jesus and understand what it means to be complete in Jesus.1
A month ago I wrote an article regarding, “Look at Me!” as a subtle “me-centered” blight in life.1 I noticed a very clear example of the Lord’s teaching on this. Jesus began His public ministry and many came to know and trust in Him as Savior. His disciples baptized hundreds, even more than what John the Baptist was baptizing. That put attention on Jesus from the religious crowd. How did Jesus respond? Did He say, “Yep, we’re doing more than anyone!” Or did He say, “Aw shucks, it’s not me, it’s the Father.” John wrote,
Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. (John 4:1-3 NKJ)
In other words, Jesus recognized it was not His time and he avoided the attention. He ministered in another area, because everything must be done according to the Father’s plan and purpose.
Jesus did not say, “Look at what I am doing!” He did not seek to gain attention. When He healed the demon-possessed man, He prevented the man from following Him and sent the man to proclaim God’s mighty deed,
38 Now the man from whom the demons had departed begged Him that he might be with Him. But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you.” And he went his way and proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:38-39 NKJ)
Jesus did not need or want someone telling Him how great He was. He wanted the attention to be put on someone else, in this case the Father. We should want people to proclaim how great Jesus or the Godhead is, not give ourselves extra attention. That means we would not say or do whatever would draw attention to ourselves.
The bottom line is, “It’s not about us, it’s about Jesus.” If you draw attention to yourself, you are like the child saying, “Look at me!” The growing believer will instead say and live, “Look at Jesus! See what He is doing in my life!”
1Here’s the link to the first “Look at Me!” article: