Away from the Crowd

Mark 7:31-37

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[a] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

So many times I find myself serving others and seeking recognition of some sort. I pour myself out, dedicate years of my life to help in a specific area, and I feel gratitude is lacking from others.

But, that idea comes from Satan! For the Bible and Jesus teach me quite the opposite.

In Mark 7:33 specifically, Jesus takes a deaf and mute man “away from the crowd” to heal him. Why? Because Jesus wasn’t showy.

Right, what about the time he turned water into wine or healed others in front of crowds or cast demons into pigs? Well, I have an answer for those as well.

Even when Jesus was being “showy”, He wasn’t doing it for Himself! His father, God, willed Him to reveal His powers. He only followed God’s plans for Him. So in Mark 7 He doesn’t want the man to tell anyone about what He did because it was not in God’s timing for Him to do so.

What can I or we learn from this?

Firstly, Jesus often did His greatest works, His most memorable acts of kindness and healing, far away from most eyes. So, if you do everything simply to please God and no one else, then you’re on the right track.

Secondly, always seek God’s will in your acts of service. Is this a moment to glorify God by telling others about it? Many times you may have done something that is an encouragement for others to hear or see, but always credit God for it! Or do you need to simply give it to God and allow Him and only Him to acknowledge it?

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