Note: This Post is part of the series “Studies in Mark” see the Series Index for other posts in this series.
40 And a leper came to him, imploring him, and kneeling said to him, “If you will, you can make me clean.” 41Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” 42And immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean. 43And Jesus sternly charged him and sent him away at once, 44and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, for a proof to them.” 45But he went out and began to talk freely about it, and to spread the news, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter a town, but was out in desolate places, and people were coming to him from every quarter.–Mark 1:40-45 ( ESV )
I think this is where a lot of us Southern Baptists are spiritually. We were the dirtiest of dirty and then we met the Christ and were cleansed. But instead of applying ourselves to the life Christ instructs us to lead, we’d rather just talk about it. As you can see, all that does is keep Christ from “openly entering a town….” Instead, he has to go to the desolate places or, as is implied in the verse, sneak in. This is the reason many call the church irrelevant. This is the reason many pastors feel that they must ‘contextualize.’ Too much yak-yak and not enough living the Word of God like it means something to us.
Think about that this Sunday when you go to church and may God bless you for it.
The word of God is not bound…are you?