From Dr. Jim Denison: Today in Holy Week is often called Silent Wednesday. On this day, Jesus did nothing that is recorded in Scripture. He spent the day with his friends in Bethany, preparing for tomorrow’s betrayal and Friday’s crucifixion.
Of all the lessons from Silent Wednesday we could discuss today, this principle is foremost in my mind: what we do that the world does not see often changes what the world does see.
Apparently, the authorities in Jerusalem did not know or care that Jesus spent this day in private. They had no idea that he was praying and resting, preparing himself for what would soon become the most public of events. In contrast to the solitude of this day, he would soon drag a cross through crowded streets and be executed in full view of the multitudes that came from around the world for Passover.
Jesus chose on this day to prepare himself in private for what he would do in public. And the world has never been the same.
Our Lord taught us to follow his example: “When you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Matthew 6:6). He frequently followed his own instruction, praying early in the morning (Mark 1:35), late at night (Matthew 14:23), and all through the night (Luke 6:12).
Oswald Chambers: “The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with him.” But our culture doesn’t measure success this way. It rewards activism, busyness, haste, and hard work. What our culture doesn’t understand is that we can do nothing significant for God until we have been with God. Only when we are empowered by his Spirit can we advance his Kingdom.
What you do that the world doesn’t see will change what the world does see. How will you spend this Silent Wednesday?
NOTE: Given the importance of this topic, I’ll be sending you a second Daily Article later today. It will focus on a remarkable example of today’s theme with a word that I hope will encourage you as you follow and serve Jesus. I have also written today’s Holy Week devotional on this theme. To read it, click here.
Jim Denison, Ph.D., speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He produces a daily column which is distributed to more than 113,000 subscribers in 203 countries. He also writes for The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Post, Common Call, and other publications.