Topic: Proclaim The Good News [November 2, 2016]
Text: Mark 7:31-37
Key Verse: "And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it" (Mark 7:36).
Someone said: "It is not enough to hide God's word in your heart, you must speak for God in your place of influence".A great miracle has taken place through Jesus Christ. A deaf and dumb man has been healed of his condition and this elicited celebration and great joy, not only from the recipient of the miracle, but indeed from those who witnessed the supernatural manifestation. But Jesus charged them not to tell anyone about it. Yet, the joy was so much that they continued to publicise it.
In our text today, Jesus showed an example of doing good deeds not to be praised by men. He just wanted the people to understand that what transpired was of God and that they should rather give God the glory. On the other hand, the people demonstrated that: "we must rather tell others what God has done in our lives than keep quiet". The receiver of the miracle considered it a mark of ingratitude if he kept quiet and behaved as if nothing great happened.
This clearly shows the importance of showing gratitude to God. We should draw a line between things that offend God and those that actually please Him. The deaf and dumb man who decided to publicize the miracle he received did not commit sin of disobedience by telling others. Today, some believers hide under some flimsy instructions they receive to deny God of the glory due Him. We must not allow ourselves to be gaged. Every gift from God must be testified of to encourage other people who are looking up to Him for a divine touch in their lives. We will not be doing well by hiding the blessings of God in our lives.
Thought for the day: Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.
Bible Reading in one Year: Jeremiah 33-35
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