Week of: February 12, 2017
Scripture: Mark 1:44-45 *
" 'See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing as a testimony to them.' Instead (the man) went out and began to talk freely, spreading the news. As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him everywhere."
(Mark 1:44-45, NIV*)
After healing the man with leprosy, Jesus commanded him to keep silent about it. The time was not yet right to reveal this healing to everyone.
However, caught up in his own excitement, the man did the exact opposite of what Jesus had commanded. As a result this had a potential negative effect on Jesus’ ministry – he could no longer enter a town openly.
In moments when we are excited about what Jesus is doing in our lives and our ministries of designing and leading worship, we must resist the temptation of telling everyone until it is a helpful time, the right time, Kairos time, lest our telling is perceived as boasting.
Jesus calls us to share our personal experiences and faith stories, but that sharing should follow consideration of the appropriateness of our story for the moment and those present.
Trust Jesus, and his reason to wait, to reveal to you in his perfect timing.
Lord Jesus, help us to follow your commands. Guide us to discern and know, to understand your way and timing. Teach us to trust in the nudging of your Spirit. Amen.
* Please note: Our devotions for the month of February do not correlate with the Revised Common Lectionary Year A scriptures.