News about Him[Jesus] spread all over Syria, and people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and He healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed Him. – Matt 4:24-25
What were the people following in and around the area? Where they following Jesus or were they following the miracles? Were they asking, what is He teaching or what can He do for me? The people answer this by the end of the book of Matthew as they hurl insults and yell, “Crucify, Crucify.” How about me, do I follow Christ or the miracle?
It is a fairly simple question to answer. After I have been saved by Christ do I seek more from Him or do I seek to give back to Him? If I am seeking to serve and give, then I am following the example of love that is found in Christ. However, if I continue to beg more of Him through my prayer, then I am seeking the miracles instead. If the gift of God’s saving Grace through His Son Jesus Christ is not enough, then we are following false hope and idols.
Now, there is nothing wrong with praying for God to help us and deliver us from the trials we face; however, it is the motive involved, I must want to put God on display, not just seek relief from the discomfort. Christ tells us that to follow Him will not be comfortable and we will be persecuted and hated at every turn. The Christian life is not that of comfort, but that of continual growth and offering.
So, as I sit here today and analyze my heart and motives, I must ask, “Am I chasing a miracle or loving a God that has already saved me?” If I want to give God the glory then I have to stop chasing the miracles and start blessing people with the Gospel. I have to stop asking what’s in it for me and start asking, how can I serve and give back. I have to see that it is not about the miracle but about the miracle provider. The greatest miracle of all is that God sees fit for me to be saved at all.