God Talk

Posted on May 30, 2011

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Here is the “God Talk” that I wrote for the Park Avenue Church‘s high school youth ministry newsletter last October:

Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you” ; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.      -Matthew 9:29-31

When I read about the life of Jesus, one of the things that always amazes me is how He didn’t make a big deal about Himself.  The story above is a great example of that. Throughout the “Book of Matthew” Jesus would perform some kind of miracle and then often say, essentially, “BTW, let’s just keep this between us.”  I think that is the coolest kind of cool.

I think about this all the time — especially when I post something on Facebook.  Sometimes I’ll want to announce some sort of accomplishment in my status or put up photos of myself doing something cool or unique.  I have to stop and ask myself, “Am I posting this because I genuinely want to share this with my close friends and family, or am I posting this to just say “Look at me!” — to prove myself to the world (i.e. old girlfriends, classmates, co-workers, siblings, etc)?”  The answer is usually at least a little of both.

A lot of us feel tremendous pressure to “prove ourselves” to the world — to show the world why we deserve its attention.  The super rich put their names on museums and college buildings.  Celebrities hire publicists to make sure they get as much media coverage as possible.  And now the rest of us, thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, can “put ourselves out there” constantly.  We “publish” photos and videos to our “News Feed,” and people around the world can see them instantly.   We are all mini-celebrities!

But now back to Jesus.  Had there been cameras and computers in His time, I’m guessing He would’ve avoided photo-ops and ‘tweets.’  He probably never would’ve asked for His name on a building.  He never even wrote anything down.  He didn’t need to.  Instead, he devoted his life exclusively to helping others, and he became the most influential and “famous” person of all time — even after sometimes telling people “See that no one knows about this.”  As we all know though, those people DID tell others about it, and those people told more people, and those people told more people.

We can all follow Jesus’ example here.  It’s simple.  Just start helping others who need help.  You will be a miracle to them. You ARE God’s miracle to those you help and heal.  We don’t ever have to prove ourselves to the world.  (In fact, people will probably “spread the news” about us on our behalf).  The good that we can put out into the world will last much longer than our Facebook profiles.

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