“Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.” Mark 7:36 (NIV)
I was reading Mark 7 the other day as part of my morning devotions. Jesus taught on inner purity, what makes a person clean or unclean, and had cast out a demon from a girl. He then went on to heal many people and everyone was amazed.
As I mulled over this awhile, I continued to read the rest of the verse. “But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it.” Mark 7:36b
Isn’t that just like us! He tells them not to talk and the first thing they do is go out and open their mouths.
Have you ever been caught in that situation? You are having a conversation with a friend, co-worker or maybe a spouse and you’ve been asked to not share the information with others. Often, it may not be asked out-right but you know based on the sensitive information that your confidentiality is implied and expected. Yet, you find yourself with someone who either doesn’t know the person or who, of course, you trust and you spill the beans.
Maybe you want others to know how concerned you are for your friend. Maybe you want someone to comfort you in your difficult relationship. Or maybe you live through the stories of others you know, good or bad. Even our prayer requests can reveal too much information about someone else.
There is another side to this scenario with Jesus. In Matthew 28, after Jesus has been crucified, died and buried, He is raised from the dead. His last words to His disciples before He ascends into heaven are “GO TELL!”
“(Jesus said) ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.’” Matthew 28:19-20a (NIV)
And here we are again, Jesus says tell and so many times we don’t. We are afraid of the consequences of speaking about Jesus. We hold so tight to the fear of rejection and the rules of the world that when given the opportunity to share Jesus, we fold. He opens the door and we close it.
Fortunately, the disciples did go and tell. That’s why we are here today seeking Jesus. If they had not told, what would be our state? I know what mine would be. It wasn’t that long ago that I was living like I didn’t know Jesus. But now I know, so I tell.
Something to Consider…
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?'” Romans 10:14
Do your words bring glory to God? Do they reveal the true nature of the One who saved you?
As you consider what you are willing to talk about and what you aren’t, ask God to show you how to bring your words into alignment with His will.
We don’t always understand why we should or shouldn’t talk, but obedience doesn’t call for understanding first and complying second. Let God lead your words.