[CF Devotionals] 2017-03-06 - Too Ambitious?

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John 7:1-5

"No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (John 7:4-5)

May we not be like Jesus' brothers. Jesus' younger brothers took Jesus at face value. They did not comprehend He was the world's savior. They saw Him as a public figure, a celebrity who performed miracles and spoke in parables.Their vision was for Jesus to have bigger numbers in the audience when big brother spoke. That was their epitome of ministry success. This was far from God's goal. Jesus would rather have people believe and trust in Him.

It makes me wonder if the men's parents, Mary and Joseph, talked about Jesus' miraculous birth or His reason for being on Earth. As Jesus' life wasn't enough evidence for the brothers to believe that Jesus was Lord.

There are people alive today who think like Jesus' brothers. Their secular and logical thinking overshadows their acceptance in Jesus. May we all recognize Jesus' presence and take a leap of faith to follow an unlikely savior.

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