Seeing Our Works

And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and may others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:29-31

This is a classic passage about Jesus’ earthly ministry.  He “went about doing good” and these verses show just that.  People who were “lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others” came to Him and He healed them.  That is just what He did.

During all of this healing, the multitude was watching.  They saw “the dumb to speak, the maimed to be made whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see.”  After observing these things, the multitude of people watching Jesus did something that struck me: “they glorified the God of Israel.”

While on Earth, Jesus was always doing those things that would bring glory to the Father.  In fact, in John 8:29, He says (speaking of the Father): “I do always those things that please him.”  The people saw Him and saw what He was doing.  Watching Him caused them to glorify God.

Think of the power of that thought.  People saw Jesus and glorified God.  Can the same be said of us?  When people see us and watch our works, does it cause them to “glorify the God of Israel?”

As always, Jesus Himself is our perfect example.  All of His works were perfect and they caused people to glorify the Father.  That is exactly what our works should be doing.  Are they?

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben for asking those tough questions that need to be asked! Praying that it be so. God bless you and all you do that glorifies Him!

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    “People saw Jesus and glorified God. Can the same be said of us? When people see us and watch our works, does it cause them to “glorify the God of Israel?””
    When we allow ourselves to become transparent, we are on the road to letting Him be seen in us …
    Thanks for bowling the hard balls.
    Blessings
    ann

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