Today I began by thinking about prayer and how my prayer practice has developed over the years and I may write about that at another time. But then I was thinking about Isaiah 42:1-4 which talks about the servant of God that he will uphold, and of course refers ultimately to Jesus. But as a disciple, Jesus is a pattern for me to consider.
In thinking about the Isaiah passage I was thinking about how Jesus didn’t have any media to announce his upcoming revival meeting. There was no webpage for people to find out where he would be next. Jesus simply went around healing the sick and telling stories. Or providing free lunches for a lot of people, and telling stories.
Matthew 13:34 tells us that
All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.
Those who came to Jesus seeking, searching, requesting more understanding, more in depth teaching were shown more.
I see three things that I need to give close attention.
First: I need to suppress my desire to make others see the valuable truth that I have found. Mostly they are not interested.
Second: I need to be among those who ask, seek and knock.
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. (Matthew 7:8)
And finally or maybe first I need to be finding the good that I can do and be doing that.
Following Jesus is a matter of doing what I can see he did and doing the things he says I am to do.