Don’t Tell

This passage from Matthew 9:27-31 comforts and confuses me. Take a look:

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

It comforts me because Jesus shows his love, care, and mercy.  It confuses me because how on earth can Jesus say, “See that no one knows about this.”?  Would  their family, friends, and neighbors not notice that two blind men are suddenly able to see? But then I think, how often do we change something about ourselves and those around us don’t notice?  I don’t necessarily mean external changes like a haircut or new shirt.  It’s the internal changes people don’t see, the ones that cause us the most struggle, the ones where God works in our souls and we lose something negative and gain goodness from him.

When we have a change of heart or attitude often others don’t see it because of their belief that people can’t change.  Or past experience with a person has shown them that people don;t want to change.  Is it necessary for others to notice God’s work in you?  Not really.  Our faith leads us to trust; our humanness wants to be noticed for our faith but that is not God’s way.  Jesus wants to give us what we need, but he does so quietly.  Rather than sounding the trumpet to tell people how much Jesus has done for you, why not live your life so that it reflects what he has done?  People will notice and believe your actions far more than your words.

I’d like to think that’s the point Jesus was trying to make with the blind men.  Don’t make a big deal about what happened by talking about it. Instead, live your life with gratitude, lead others to Jesus by allowing him to be seen in you. This doesn’t mean telling people all that Jesus has done in your life is wrong.  It does mean that our life needs to reflect him.  We need to walk the talk and have our eyes open if we want to be credible witnesses to Jesus.

Don’t Tell
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