Friday: 9th February, 2018
Reference text: Mark 7:31-37
Mark 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
Very few people will pass by on the chance to have their videos go viral these days on social media. Jesus was given such an opportunity to become even more popular amongst the people, but he opted to go against their expectations. While the people openly brought to him a man who was deaf asking for Him to heal, He chose to take the man away from the eyes of the public before he laid hands on him.
I have no idea what kind of thoughts were going through the mind of the crowd who had gathered to see another miracle being performed by Jesus. However, his actions said one thing to that audience: ‘I am sorry to disappoint you but this is not an open air show where you’d expect to see a good performances and show your appreciation by offering a big round of applause’.
Simple fact: everything is different with Jesus. Not that by learning from Him we will become ‘strange’ people, but our lives will welcome a dimension that seeks not to live just to fuel a passion and a desire only for wanting to please others, but rather cause us to embrace the needs of those we ought to. Subsequently, doing the very best we can even away from the prying eyes of everybody else.
My dear, public opinion and public eyes should never be the factor that drives our deeds – what we do when no eyes are watching contributes to and also helps to define ‘who’ we are and ‘whose’ we are. Let’s not forget that.
Remember # Don’t just dance to every tune you hear being played.