His brothers said, "Why don’t you leave here and go up to the Feast so your disciples can get a good look at the works you do? No one who intends to be publicly known does everything behind the scenes. If you’re serious about what you are doing, come out in the open and show the world." His brothers were pushing him like this because they didn’t believe in him either. John 7:3-5 (TM)
With a daughter graduating from high school and planning her college career and independent life, I’ve found that it’s difficult to know when to give advice and when to keep your mouth shut. I realize that sometimes Dad’s advice is welcome and sometimes it falls on deaf ears. While I want what’s best for Taylor, she is ultimately God’s child. She must follow His calling and the path that He has for her. I’ve tried to be very conscious of that fact – and act accordingly.
After the "fish and loaves" crowd tried to make Jesus king, we find Jesus’ own family trying to tell him what he should do. I can only imagine the pressure Jesus faced from all sides as his miracles became known and his popularity skyrocketed. I’m sure he had plenty of willing "agents" wanting to make a buck from promoting him. Religious and political groups must have sought Jesus’ endorsement and so further their agendas. People wanted healing. People wanted free food. People wanted entertainment.
Jesus had to shut out the noise and the crowds. He had to stay true to what he knew he must do. God help me, help Taylor, to have discerning ears and a committed heart.