Jesus asked, "Must I do miraculous signs and wonders before you people will believe in me?" The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies." John 4:48-49 (NLT)
We preach against selfishness, but we’re all still selfish. And God, loving us beyond our comprehension, uses that selfishness to draw us to Himself.
See, the dude wasn’t interested in “a miracle.” He was consumed by the needs of his little boy.
He didn’t care if it attracted attention or not. Didn’t care what anyone thought—religious leader or common farmer or fisherman. He didn’t care if it drew a crowd or chased one off. All he cared about was his son.
And while we don’t like to admit it, today people don’t really care about the hoopla or the show or the entertainment.
They care about their hurts, their needs, the emptiness inside. They wonder if Jesus can help. That’s why they come to church.
And our job isn’t to put on a show and hope people come. It’s to show people where our hope comes from.
Sure, we try to be entertaining. (The alternative to “entertaining” is “boring” after all.) But people will only come so long for the bling. While we have their attention we’d better make sure we point them to the One who can satisfy their needs.