Monday, January 20, 2014

Road to Success

John 6:12-15
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, “Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

I'm not sure what to think about this. He saved the left over food and then with drew by himself because he could tell they were going to make him king. Sip some coffee, I read and think. Jesus had no ego, even through his fame, he sought to save the food and then almost got overwhelmed by all the attention and removed himself. It's God even though he was being glorified, also had the human instinct of pressure and withdrew. I look at facebook and its all about self gratification, how many likes can I get. He was about the truth.  It's the road to success. The road is anything but straight. It's like thinking that I'll sell a lot of a product, when it's not selling.  It's like not paying attention to the product that is selling and not capitalizing on that. I'm blind. I get lost, I've lost count of how many people have sought me out as a sales person. If that product is good, it'll sell itself. It's how Walt Disney did it, when he drew Mickey Mouse on the train. It's Thomas Edison trying so many different strands of wire until he got it right. It's getting lost on the road, I know where it's not. It's saying hi to someone that can't see me.

Hits me, Jesus' human instinct wasn't to glorify himself and say "crown me king" to everyone, it was to withdraw and be alone, because it was far deeper than the need for attention. He was there to free and forgive, and until the cross would they recognize that, not by crowning him king in a crowd. Society seeks to glorify people, therefore they wanted to do that to Jesus. It wasn't time until Jesus said "it is finished". It was His road to success.