“Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”
(Matthew 12:18-21 NIV)
This long passage from Isaiah 42:1-4, which Matthew quotes in his Gospel, summarizes Jesus’ quiet, yet successful ministry. That’s right, I said it–quiet. In fact, He often warned people not to publicize their healing because He didn’t want fame to get in the way of His ministry, and when they went and told anyway, He looked for a way of escape. Sounds strange, doesn’t it? If you want your ministry to be noticed, you find ways to make it happen. During one of the prominent religious festivals, Jesus’ brothers encouraged Him to go stating, “No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world” (John 7:4). But Jesus ignored their advice. He wanted to glorify the Father and not Himself, and He was successful.
Quiet doesn’t mean unsuccessful.