Monday: February 24, 2020
Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.”
Timing is everything in a lot of situations: marketing, relationships, making requests or offering apologies even with penalty kicks. In marketing, the bigger the audience, the wider reach a product gets. It is therefore interesting to see Jesus speed up the process of casting out the deaf and mute spirit when he realised He was getting a bigger audience.
In the eyes of many, the extra exposure wouldn’t have been a bad idea. However, the intention behind this action of Jesus ought to tell us that He was not doing things just for the crowd to see. His restoration was not so the crowds could stand around in awe and cheer, it was so anyone in bondage would be set free. He was therefore not going to allow the appeal of bigger coverage take his eyes off the most important parameter- the person at the centre of it all. Using today’s example, that would be the young man and his father.
My dear, it is very easy to sidetrack from an original agenda owing to the prospect of significant side issues. These subtle appeals have the potential to redirect the main focus towards an entirely different pathway. Crowds can be good motivation, but not every action of ours ought to thrive on the reeling in of a bigger audience because we may end up ignoring what really ought to be at the centre of our field of vision.