Spread His Fame [Devotion]
After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.” Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.” Then their eyes were opened, and they could see! Jesus sternly warned them, “Don’t tell anyone about this.” But instead, they went out and spread his fame all over the region. - Matthew 9:27-31 (NLT)
In this passage, Jesus has just left the home of a religious leader whose daughter had been sick, and was thought to be dead. Jesus has healed this girl, and is now making his way to the place where he was staying. As he is making his way toward his destination, two blind men follow behind him, crying out for healing.
There are a couple of things that immediately jump out at me when I read this passage.
At first Jesus is not immediately acknowledging their requests. He keeps walking to the place that he was staying. It could have been that he was testing their faith, and seeing how persistent they would be. When they follow him into the house, he sees that they desperately want to be healed and that they won’t relent. He asks them if they have faith that he can make them see, they respond affirmatively, and he heals them.
Jesus then sternly warns the two blind men to not tell anyone about his healing them. He did this because he most likely did not want to be known as just another miracle worker, thereby overshadowing his greater message of the Kingdom of God breaking into the world.
Nevertheless, the two healed men go out and spread his fame all over the region! They, understandably, were so overjoyed by what Jesus had done for them, that they couldn’t contain their excitement and testimony!
For us, there may be times when God seems out ahead of us, just out of reach. Maybe we don’t feel His presence like we usually do, or once did. It could be that He is waiting to see how far we’ll go; how persistent we’ll be in our worship. Will we keep on relentlessly pursuing him regardless of how close or far away it feels He is to us?
We need to keep at it. Not give up. Be patient. Keep worshiping!
When His presence does intersect with our reality it will be an amazing time of renewal that will be worth it all!
And regardless of how strongly we feel the presence of God in this moment, we who have all experienced His grace, have an amazing story to tell of how Jesus’ mercy and grace intersected with our sinfulness, healed us and renewed us to become true image bearers of God.
What an amazing story to tell!
May this experience of God’s love, grace and mercy overwhelm us. May the joy we feel for what Jesus has done for us fill us to the point that we can’t contain it! May our worship of Him at all times, and in all seasons, lead us to spread His fame to our cities, region, and to the world!
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.Comment on Facebook Comment on Twitter
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