Believe or Gossip
“Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did” (John 11.45-46 NKJV).
Mary, the sister of Lazarus, and everyone around her just experienced one of Jesus’ greatest miracles: He raised a man to life who had been dead and buried for four days. Many people who witnessed the entire miracle unfold believed in Jesus. Observing Jesus’ love and power being established on earth irrevocably changed the people’s lives and souls. Jesus waited four days, knowing that although Lazarus would die, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11.4 NIV). God’s glory was greatly demonstrated and because of it many people believed Jesus was the Son of God. However, there were other people who also saw first hand the death and resurrection of Lazarus, but instead of believing, they ran to the worldly powers that be (the Pharisees) and gossiped. These people valued the opinion and esteem of humankind more than the presence of the world’s Lord and Savior. God’s glory is all around us. It doesn’t take much to perceive His hand moving on His earth and in the lives of His people. But many times we are so focused on what the world thinks and what the world is doing that we miss what God thinks and what God is doing. Sometimes we just have to cut out the noise and take in the beauty and the goodness of the Lord. If we are too busy absorbed in popular gossip, our deepening belief in Jesus will be stunted. It is better to be people with hearts that believe versus mouths that gossip.
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2.14 NKJV).