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Emails to God – How Much Should I Advertise It? (Matthew 9:27-34)

01 Jan

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”

28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

“Yes, Lord,” they replied.

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” 31 But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

32 While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

34 But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.”

Dear God, I find it interesting that Jesus ignored the blind men until he got inside. He was really trying to keep the range of his power under wraps. I guess I can see a few reasons for this. First, he probably knew that the crowds would go nuts if they saw it and try to point his ministry in a direction in which he didn’t want to go. Second, he was probably trying to avoid a run-in with the Pharisees just yet, although they were about to see the exorcism and not like that either.

One of the thing that each Christian has to deal with is how publicly should we live our lives as Christians. Should we be more like Tim Tebow and talk about our faith at every opportunity? Should we be more like RG3 and mention our faith and that it is important to us, but not talk about it all of the time? Or should we be private to the point where people are not sure what we believe in, if anything at all? I think option #3 is definitely out, but the answer probably lies somewhere between Tebow and RG3.

In my own life, it can be hard to find the balance. I want to let people see you through me to the point where they are drawn to you and want you for themselves. On the other hand, I don’t want to be oppressive about my faith to the point where people are turned off and see a relationship with you as unappealing. It is a hard line to walk, and I fear I fall off of it more than I stay on it.

Father, help me to represent you well, starting with my children and wife. Help me to be your humble representative. Help me to lead them into your presence and foster and environment that is conducive to them accepting you and seeking you out. Love them through me. Love friends and neighbors through me. Be glorified through me so that others might be drawn to you and not pushed away from you.

 
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