And Jesus ordered them to tell no one about it, … Now there had been about four thousand people. He sent them away and at once, getting into the boat with his disciples, … Mark 7:36, 8:9, 10
Dr. Alix B. James used to teach seminarians at Virginia Union University to wear simple colored suits and ties when preaching. The only jewelry we should have on us include a class ring, wedding band for the married, and cuff links if needed. His point was that we should not draw attention to ourselves, but put the attention on God.
Jesus does not seek the praises and attention of the crowds nor the people he heals. He could have easily made a disciple out of the former deaf-mute and created a small army of the thousands he fed with what could feed only two or three men. By his very power though compassion he was going to draw crowds anyway. Speaking truth through love gained him audiences. But his only role was to do the will of the Father who sent him. He moves with those who believe in and diligently follow him.
We who preach the Gospel are sometimes tempted to become spectacles rather than servants. Popularity among people means as much, if not more, than fulfilling the unique calling God has given us. Let Jesus be our standard. When our lessons, miracles, sacrifices, and victories surpass his; we should present ourselves as we wish. Until that time, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us to draw attention to the one who deserves all of it.
Yours in Christ,
Brother Cyprian Bluemood
Order of Saint-Simon of Cyrene