During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He didn’t need any help in seeing right through them. John 2:23-25 (TM)
I remember a movie from many years ago about a television star. Whenever she was feeling down she would go to the shopping mall where she was sure to be recognized, mobbed and asked for autographs. She had entrusted her soul to the fickle crowd. When you look at the media circus surrounding stars today, I wonder if that fame isn’t really some people’s drug of choice. It’s like a fix, and once you’re there in the spotlight you need to maintain your habit.
How interesting that John made sure to point out how Jesus mistrusted fame and shunned the wealth others wanted him to make – and to make through him ("Listen, young man, with your talents for turning water into wine you could make a fortune! Come with me and I’ll arrange everything").
So what’s the lesson in that for me? Be shrewd. Be wise. Love people, but know that people generally have their own interests at heart – not mine. Don’t judge them, but don’t be surprised by them either.