“Walking Away from Success “
Who would think of doing this? Perhaps more people than you think. For instance, Barry Sanders was an excellent running back for the Detroit lions. Barry walked away from all the success, from the millions he could have made.
Jesus walked away from a successful healing ministry.
Please read the following verses.
31 Then he went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to teach the people.
32 They were amazed at his teaching because his message had authority.
33 In the synagogue, there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice,
34 “Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God!”
35 “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come out of him!” Then the demon threw the man down before them all and came out without injuring him.
36 All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What is this teaching? With authority and power, he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”
37 And the news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to the home of Simon. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Jesus to help her.
39 So he bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them.
40 When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them.
41 Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Christ.
42 At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them.
43 But he said, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also because that is why I was sent.”
44 And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
The disciples wanted to keep this successful healing ministry going.
But Jesus had preaching to do, He was healing people from the effects of sin.
I recently talked to two families that could use the physical healing touch of Jesus. And they wonder why Jesus hasn’t healed their loved ones to this point.
Lots of questions, questions that can’t be humanly answered.
This calls for our faith to kick in, to kick into high gear.
On this side of eternity, we will not get all of the answers we seel.
Our faith tells us no matter what happens, the Lord is in control and He will use it for His honor and glory.