Priorities

And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.
— Mark 5:22-23

When Jesus started His ministry, He didn’t get the approval of the religious leaders. In fact, they questioned His authority, and challenged His theology, even accusing Him of being in league with Satan. So, if you were a religious leader at that time, you stayed as far away as you could from Jesus and His ministry.

In our text we are introduced to Jairus, a leader in a local synagogue who normally would not want to identify with Jesus. In his position he selected those who would read and teach and made sure everything was done in the approved way.

But, when his daughter became sick, Jarius threw out everything he had been taught concerning traditions and theology. He even threw out his own personal reputation. Suddenly It didn’t matter what others thought of him, or if the religious establishment disagreed with Jesus. Suddenly, his priorities changed.

He showed his priorities by falling at Jesus’ feet. Jairus realized that Jesus represented hope and he was begging Jesus to come and lay his hands on his daughter, so that she would be healed. That to me say’s a lot; he had some faith in Jesus. Jesus said He would go with Jairus.

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But before they reached his home he received a message that his daughter had died. You would have thought that after hearing his daughter was dead, it would have been over. Nope, but his faith was sure tested after hearing the bad news. I can imagine how his heart was about to explode but Jesus urged him not to fear but “only believe”. Jesus went to see the girl, took her by the hand and spoke two words. And “immediately the girl got up and began to walk.” Everyone was completely astounded by this miracle!

I will be brief in showing you where I’m going with this story. If you and I are not careful, we can allow our lives to be dominated by traditions and the opinions of others and miss the power of God. I know when I was pastoring, there were a few times that I let other opinions influence me. But the older I get the more I depend on Jesus and the less I let men and tradition influence me. If we are not careful we can be closed to the truth, and blind to the revelations God wants to give us.

There were also times in my years of pastoring that I put everything else aside and threw myself at the feet of Jesus. You would be surprised how much more power came in preaching and ministering. Don’t get me wrong, correct theology and some traditions are good, but nothing compares to those times when you stop worrying about your reputation and you bow before the Lord in humble adoration. Seeking His help. Crying out for His mercy and wisdom.

Don’t place your hope in a denomination, church or pastor. Place your hope completely in Jesus! God Bless!!