lesbrown   November 22, 2010   No Comments on Self-Promotion

Today I was reading in John and stumbled across John 5:13. It’s interesting.  Jesus had just healed a man who had been ailing for 38 years.  Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be well.  When the man said, “Yes,” he was immediately healed.  Jesus told him to pick up his mat and walk.

This all happened on the Sabbath.  When some of the Jewish leaders saw the man they reprimanded him for carrying his mat on the Sabbath (something he hadn’t been able to do for 38 years) and he told them that the man who healed him told him to carry his mat.  They asked him who healed him but the man didn’t know.  Why? Because Jesus slipped away into the crowd before the man could figure out who he was. Jesus did this sort of thing on a number of occasions, especially after healing people.  He would heal someone and then ask them specifically not to tell anyone who had healed them.  Jesus just wasn’t into self-promotion.  He knew his time was coming.  More importantly, he didn’t heal people in order to make a name for himself.  He healed them so that they would be healed.

Every day on Twitter, Facebook, etc., I’m inundated by shameless self-promoters telling me all the great things they’ve done or re-publishing all the great things that others have written about them. I’m tired of it.  In my opinion, if you do what God made you to do and you do it well, you shouldn’t need to promote yourself.  If you’re faithful, God will find a way to promote you.  People will find out about you because of the work you do. You shouldn’t need to promote yourself.  Just do good work and let that speak for you.

I’m about to thin my twitter herd a little.


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