How often do we do things, especially helping others, just to get noticed?
Mark 1:29-31, Jesus had just got done preaching in Capernaum where he had healed a demon-possessed man. He entered the house of Peter and Andrew. While he was there, he met Peter’s mother-in-law who was sick and running a fever. They had mentioned to Jesus that she was sick. Jesus took her by the hand, lifted her up, and immediately she was healed from her fever. This was a fever that was known to have a low survival rate in Galilee. Jesus healed her with no problems at all.
Up until this point, Jesus had completed miracles in the public eye. He turned water to wine in front of a crowd, He healed the nobleman’s son in front of a crowd (although the son was not present), and He spoke the demon out of the man while teaching to a group of people. This time Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law in the privacy of Peter’s home.
Jesus didn’t just perform for the crowds, He continued His work in private settings as well. His main focus was meeting the needs of people and not to get noticed by everyone around.
Many times in our life we do things for people to try to make ourselves look better. Why do we do it? To gain popularity, to make ourselves look better than others? When someone needs help, we should want to help them because that is what we are supposed to do. We are to help others and serve others. It doesn’t matter where we are or who is watching us, we should be the Christlike example and do it out of love instead of the thrive for attention.
Continuing on with the rest of this miracle… How do we usually respond when someone helps us? Peter’s mother-in-law sets an example for us to follow. After she was healed, she immediately started serving. She gives us a perfect example of what we are to do when Jesus blesses us. We are to thank Him and continue to serve Him. We have the same ability to serve Jesus as Peter’s mother-in-law. Spread His word and be a blessing to others.
God is Good.