Blessed… Hush and Be Satisfied

As Jesus and his disciples were going out of Jericho a large crowd followed him. When two blind men sitting along the road heard that Jesus was passing by, they shouted, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Now the crowd scolded them and told them to be quiet. But they shouted even louder, “Show us mercy, Lord, Son of David!” Jesus stopped in his tracks and called to them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. “Lord, we want to see,” they replied.  Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they were able to see, and they followed him (Matthew 20:29-34, Common English Bible).

We live in a world where people search for meaning. The people around us search for significance. We want to have meaning. We want to have purpose. A common buzz word for the significance people search for is “truth.” And, for many, it continues to be an exercise in futility because these same people seem to spend their time looking in all the wrong places.

It seems to me, many of these people are as blind spiritually as the two men in the lesson were blind physically. They spend their day waiting and hoping, hoping that people will show mercy on them. In Jesus’ day, this was the only way for a blind person to support themselves, to go out and beg.

When the two men in our lesson heard Jesus was coming, they wanted to make that connection. They shouted for Jesus to have mercy on them. Those around them told them, in essence, “Shut up. Be satisfied with your ability to beg. You shouldn’t bother Jesus with your foolishness.”

I fear that this, all too often is the role the Church plays in the lives of the spiritually blind. We know about the One who has the power to change lives, to REALLY change lives and we all too often tend to treat it like it is an issue of the highest national security. We act as though we don’t know what the power of Jesus can do and refuse to share it with a hurting world.

I have heard it said, “The Church, at its best is a place where one hobo can tell another hobo where to find bread.” That is what we should be, for starters. But, we should be something even more. We should be the place that feeds a hungry world. But we should also be the place where the world learns about real significance. We should be the place where people hear the Good News that God loves them. The Church should be the place where real, hurting people find significance, purpose and truth. It is a place where people can quickly learn that they have found the right place for all those things.

The Church and Christians should, not in the Biblical era, not in any time past, the present or in the future be a place where the spiritual hurting of the world hear, “Be quiet.”

Where else should people go to find significance and meaning for their lives?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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