Read Matthew 9:32-34
Going to high school here in northeast Ohio meant that I was on the receiving end of my fair share of snow days. However, just because school was cancelled, didn’t automatically mean that basketball practice was cancelled as well.
Dad would deliver the news of school’s cancellation and my attention would shift immediately to my phone, waiting for the text from our coach about the status of practice. We would receive 1 of 2 texts, “No practice today” or “Practice at 8am”. I’m 29 years old and I can still remember the exact emotions over 10 years ago that I would feel upon receiving both of these texts.
Throughout life, there are moments that are letdowns and there are also people who provide that service.
In our reading today, we see Jesus healing people and dealing with critics.
This quickly recorded miracle, again, shows Jesus’ power over evil. There isn’t much of a principle in this miracle…it just reveals Jesus’ power…and even that wasn’t good enough for some people.
Throughout the gospels, we constantly read about the religious leaders’ constant battle with Jesus. When He healed, they said He did it in the wrong way or it was on the wrong day. When He commanded this mute man to speak, apparently, He did it by the power of demons. See Matthew 12:22-27 for the danger of such thinking.
Regardless of the religious leaders’ “debby downer” mentality, there is a principle that arises regarding invitation that we cannot miss.
If you read Matthew 9:27-34 in order to gain further context, you see that, when the blind who were just healed went out and shared of their encounter with Jesus, which Jesus commanded them not to, the text says,
“While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus.”
This could very well mean that it was the former blind men’s invitation that got the mute man in front of Jesus.
Can you see the process here? Two blind men were healed and couldn’t wait to tell others about it and, because of their invitation, another man was freed from the bondage of evil.
How often would you say your invitation to faith is that of the blind men? Would you say that you simply cannot wait to tell others about Jesus?
I know, for me, this is very humbling.
I can get so caught up in my day-to-day responsibilities that I’m not going out of my way to reach those for Christ. These blind men, even when Jesus told them to stay quiet, burst out and spread the news of Jesus all over the region.
Oh, that we would have similar passion!
As you finish this devotional, I urge you to pray for such a passion to share your faith and experience with Christ.
There is life change to be had in Jesus and an eternity-altering invite that needs to be made.