We talk about being brave, which is good. We want to be stretched by the Lord, to be obedient to a difficult call.
But what about when our brave or bold move isn't sensational to the world? Are we as excited to wear the "Brave" t-shirt when our act of obedience is not something worth advertising?
Sometimes we forget that most "world changers" never receive public recognition, and according to scripture, that's probably a good thing.
It may be healthy to ask ourselves: Are we willing to be brave enough to pursue the path of anonymity? Are we brave enough to accept the prospect of possible obscurity? Do we serve and work out of our love for God, or love for the praise and admiration of others?
God may be leading some of us towards leaps of faith that will bring recognition or notoriety, but likely he's leading more of us on paths that promote our downward mobility, paths no less joyful and abundant. Wasn't that the earthly trajectory of Jesus' life?
I've been thinking about this for quite a while, and then I read this passage the other morning. Jesus had just worked miraculously, and then surprisingly, the passage says that he perceived the people were about to come take him and make him king, and so he withdrew to the mountain by himself.
I think if I had been there I would have assumed this was a perfect next step -- for a godly man to take the position of king. Couldn't the Christian message be spread more effectively? Wouldn't it be more beneficial for the masses to know about him, rather than the smaller crowds he was currently drawing? For his numbers to go up? His followers to increase? It seems intuitive that an upward step of notoriety with a larger audience would be best, right?
And yet, He knew it was not his time. He knew something good was not necessarily best. He listened to His Father's direction, rather than the popular consensus. I think this is one of Jesus' beautiful displays of humility.