When Privacy Matters

Our Bible gives us a beautiful picture of the private care of Jesus in Mark 7:31-37 (http://www.esvbible.org/Mark%207%3A31-37/ ):

Then He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged Him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more He charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Did you notice that Jesus took the man away from the crowd. Why do you think He did that and what does that teach us about how we choose to help others? Often times, we want to have our own privacy but when it comes to others we want every detail to be known. Jesus ministered great care and compassion when He pulled this man away and dealt with Him in a private and one-on-one manner. Imagine the fears that were eliminated when the man didn’t have to worry about others being in the middle of his business. Consider the compassion that Jesus was able to administer when He was eye to eye with the man and not competing with the attention of a crowd.

I wonder if we should find ways to pull one-another away from the crowd when the need arises? I wonder if our busy ‘social-media world’ hinders, rather than helps, in this privacy issue. Don’t get me wrong. Our faith is not meant to be a private issue only. It is to be the most public part of our life. However, this man does not appear to be a man of faith (yet). Jesus ministered to His need and showed His Power and Authority that would soon free him to respond to the Gospel Message.

Do you have a person in your life that needs your private care? This could just mean your confidentiality. This could also mean one-on-one attention that will require you to sacrifice some time. How do you feel when God ministers to you in this way or when another person does?

For more devotional thoughts you can visit www.windcitychurch.org/blog/ . We meet for worship at 3:16pm each Sunday. As of July 26th we will meet at The Link at 353 W. A Street in downtown Casper. Be Our Guest on Sunday or at one of our Missional Communities that meet at various times and locations around the Casper Metro Area.