Hello! Good morning! Welcome to week three of God52. If you’re anything like me you’ll have just about scraped the final few minutes of last week’s three hours of prayer at 11:55pm last night. If you didn’t manage it, don’t feel guilty. Please. Join us in moving on to challenge number three.
A couple of things happened when Martin and I were discussing this week’s challenge. Firstly I got a direct message on twitter from someone telling me that they felt they needed to pray for me. Secondly, just as I got the email from Martin with a suggestion for the challenge, I was reading this passage in Matthew 9:
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”
When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they replied.
Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.
This week we want to challenge ourselves to practice one of the most counter-cultural characteristics around – humility.
Humility seems a lot easier to talk about than it is to live out. Not only is the entire world seemingly bent on raising their profile, but they want credit for every little thing they do. I should rephrase that: Not only is the entire world seemingly bent on raising their profile, but we want credit for every little thing we do. You see it on Twitter all the time: ‘I’ve just written this blog.’ ‘I just did this.’ ‘I’m praying for this person.’ Knowingly or not, both our online and offline profiles seem to revolve around our achievements.
Compare this to these two occurrences. This twitter user (who I’ll keep nameless) could have publicly tweeted me to say that, and a few people may have noticed how Godly that person was. But that wasn’t the point. The point was that I needed prayer and this person prayed.
Jesus healed two blind men and told them to keep it on the down-low. Not just to keep it quiet who had done it, not just to point glory to God, but to keep the whole thing quiet. This wasn’t about drawing attention to something amazing and generous, this was about God impacting people’s lives. This was about the Kingdom of God breaking into Earth, not public acclaim. Sometimes I wonder if Jesus would try to be as provocative as possible if he had a twitter account. He certainly wouldn’t go out of his way to build his follower numbers.
And so, with all that in mind, this week’s challenge is this:
3: Perform an anonymous act of kindness
Or several. We are called to love for the sake of loving, to love like nobody’s watching, to love because we can. This week, show people that they are loved in a radical way, and don’t tell anyone about it. If you can help it, don’t even tell them.
You don’t need much more than that do you? Run with it. Share God’s love as widely as you can and may you be graced with the knowledge that God works through you to change the world. May you be graced with the gift of humility and the knowledge that all of this is much bigger than you.