Jesus was the great introvert. “Great crowds gathered....but He would withdraw.” (Luke 5)
Seems like everyone these days wants to be famous, if even in small ways. Famous on your own insta account. Famous for this thing on your YouTube channel. Gathering “great crowds” either online or in person, feeling like you’re somebody because other people agree you are.
Jesus didn’t need that. He knew He was Somebody, the greatest somebody there ever was or will be. He was completely assured of it, so He didn’t need the crowds. What’s beautiful is that He still served them. “All those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on EVERY ONE of them and healed them.” (Luke 4) Every single one. He went until He was exhausted, for the great crowds who only wanted their quick healing and then they were gone. But He would withdraw to desolate places...and pray. Gather fresh strength and wisdom and comfort for the next day of being famous.
I didn’t think I wanted to be famous as such, but I admit that the little red notifications (or the blue ones, or whatever) make me feel like I’m doing something right. This person agrees. That person was encouraged. This one compliments me, that one thinks I’m amazing.
And that’s encouraging and it’s not as if it’s bad somehow. But the famous bit won’t last - even if it’s a tiny bit famous. Because it’s all short term. If someone disappears off social, people wonder for a while and then forget.
No one has forgotten Jesus. Some worship Him, some think He was a nice guy, and some use his name as a swear word. But He was remembered, forever. And yet He was the greatest introvert, and would withdraw.
That encourages me this morning. Seek not the fame. Withdraw. Seek God. Fame of any kind is fickle, but He is forever.
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