The Ministry Of Bringing
Sunday Oct. 18, 2020
Scripture To Consider:
“Then Jesus came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man and led him out of town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. And he looked up and said, ‘I see men like trees, walking.’”
“Then Jesus put His hands on the man’s eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Then Jesus sent him away to his house saying, ‘Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.’” Mark 8.22-26
Something To Consider:
After correcting His disciples concerning their misunderstanding of His warning them of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Jesus went to Bethsaida. It appears that as soon as He arrived in Bethsaida, one of the cities He had upbraided for their unbelief in Matthew chapter 11, Mark recorded, “And they brought a blind man to Him.”
One might ask who in a town full of so much unbelief would bring a blind man to Jesus. Not only do these unnamed individuals bring a blind man to Jesus, but they begged Jesus on behalf of the blind man that Jesus would touch him. May it be suggested that in the midst of so much unbelief, there was then as there is now, always a few faithful who believe in Jesus to the point of action.
Could it be furthered suggested that in the midst of so much unbelief, a few faithful unnamed believers could have a thriving ministry of simply bringing spiritually blind people to Jesus to be given their sight? Could it be said of us, that we have ever been involved in the ministry of bringing others to Jesus?
Something Else To Consider:
According to Jesus in Luke 10.2, “The harvest is truly great, but the laborers [the unnamed] are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” And Jesus warned of the danger that is involved in the ministry of bringing in the next verse. “Go your way; behold I send you [and me] out as lambs among wolves.”
And also, according to Mark, “So He [Jesus] took the blind man by the hand and led him out of town.” Jesus had no intention of making this healing of a blind man a public spectacle. It is refreshing to experience much of the real work of God that is done in private, after seeing so much fanaticism that is promoted in the name of Jesus and or religion.
Many church services have all the showmanship of a Hollywood production, while so much of the true ministry of Jesus was done without any fanfare or open attempts at touching the glory of God. There is much to learn from studying the life and lessons of Jesus, and it is extremely refreshing!
In 2 Timothy 2.15, in the King James version, we read an admonition given by Paul. “Study to show yourself approved unto God [as a private matter], a worker who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [rightly understanding and rightly communicating] the Word of God.” So much of the true ministry is done unto God privately without much or any human recognition in this world.
Something More To Consider:
This was the only recorded miracle of Jesus that was not instantaneous. This healing required a second touch of Jesus. I am personally convinced that if it required a third, or a fourth, or so on, that Jesus would have stayed the course. That should be encouraging to everyone who struggles with being healed or delivered of some spiritually hindering element in their life.
I surely do not speak for everyone, but as for me, I am in need of a touch from Jesus on a daily basis. And there are times when I need the unnamed to prayerfully bring my name to the throne room of heaven, where I can receive the touch I need from Jesus. What a powerful personal ministry to possess, that of bringing people physically and or spiritually in prayer to Jesus on a regular basis.
Paul instructed Christians in Colossians 4.17, by stating; “Take heed [or beware] to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you [and me] may fulfill it.” What spiritual ministry have we received from the Lord to fulfill? What ministry are we faithfully fulfilling on behalf of Jesus?
And if we are not aware or convinced of the ministry we have received, let us study the Word of God while praying for divine discernment! According to 1 Peter 4.10; “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
A Few Final Words:
How then, are we involved in the ministry of bringing others or ourselves to Jesus? Are we studying to become a teacher of the Word of God? Are we praying to become a preacher of the Word of God by His enabling us by way of His Holy Spirit to be in control of our lives? Are we seeking God’s direction in our giving to others who are already ministering to others? Are we giving to huge flamboyant and flash in the pan very prominent ministries or ministries who work behind the scenes, humbly and in complete submission to God? Something to consider!
And, let us become content to remain unnamed in the process! Praying for laborers may be the extent of our earthly ministry as unto the Lord, but who can know what awaits us in eternity. And prayer in this life is a powerful tool!
The Psalmist proclaimed, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” And what greater truth do we have than the Word of God? Therefore, let us learn to pray His Word!
The Lord often uses the unnamed in praying for and in bringing others to Jesus. Many times, they are brought in person and other times in the privacy of our prayer closet.
Our Father in heaven, prepare our hearts for the ministry of bringing others to Jesus, both in person and in prayer, in Jesus’ name. In Him Always, Amen!