Stop Shushing and Start Serving

Two blind men were sitting beside the road. When they heard that Jesus was coming that way, they began shouting, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy one us!”

“Be quiet!” the crowd yelled at them. 

But they only shouted louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” Matthew 20:30-31 NLT

Two men society saw as broken.

According to my Google dictionary, here are the first two basic definitions of broken:

1. having been fractured or damaged and no longer in one piece or in working order.
“a broken arm”
2.(of a person) having given up all hope; despairing. “he went to his grave a broken man”

The crowd following Jesus probably viewed these two men as exactly that. Their loss of vision made them broken physically and the fact that they were on the roadside should have compounded that to also make them mentally broken.

Broken men, crying out to Jesus from the side of the road, and probably creating a scene.

How embarrassing.

Isn’t it bad enough that they had fallen on bad times, but now they had to go and draw attention to themselves. Someone that low, that bad off, trying to get Jesus’ attention.

How shameful.

So, the crowd did what any respectful follower of Jesus would do.

“Shhh. Don’t bother him now. This is Jesus. He’s too big a deal to be bothering with this…with you. Hush now and be respectful.”

Two men crying out to Jesus and the Christ followers, Christians, shushed them.

This wasn’t a one time occurrence in scripture. Do you think it still happens today?

I wonder how many times people walk into our services and they don’t look like us, or dress right, or use acceptable language, and we shush them because they’re making in scene in God’s house.

I wonder how many times someone comes in our doors with a need we could meet, immediately, but our bulletin dictates a schedule. So, we shush a need for now and make intentions to get back to it after we worship. I’ve fallen into that trap myself, and guess what I usually forget about after service?

I wonder. What would Jesus do in these situations?

Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.

“Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”

Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him. Matthew 20:32-34

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to fulfill prophecy. Nothing could stop Him from becoming our sacrifice. Yet even when His religious followers tried to shush the broken men, Jesus Himself stopped and asked what they wanted Him to do for them.

I ask students that question a lot. When someone comes and tells me something, I respond with, “Ok, and what would you like me to do?”

Let me tell you, it’s obvious that kids haven’t been asked this before. The look of confusion on their face is almost comical. And it happens every time I ask the question. I always have to explain what I mean.

“Here’s what you told me (and I repeat what they said). Now, I need to know. What exactly are you asking me to do in response? How are you expecting me to meet your need?”

I have an idea that if no one has asked my students this type of question before, then the same is probably true for their parents.

When is the last time you truly looked at the broken person right in your path and asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”

Let me be transparent here. I never intended for this post on shushing the broken men to go this direction. I really intended to focus on the broken men, but apparently something else needed to said to someone today. Maybe just me.

However, I’ve been one of those broken men.

No, I’m not blind. Physically, or even more importantly, spiritually. My salvation is secure.

But while crying out for Jesus I’ve been shushed by some of the most religious people in the crowd. 


Folks, Jesus didn’t come to heal the healthy. He didn’t come, and won’t return expecting, to find a church full of perfect people, putting on a perfect service, without the need for a Savior. 

I think He expects to find us out on street ministering to the very ones our flesh wants to shush. 

Stop shushing and start serving. 

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40 NLT

Until then, I’m going to keep crying out. Lord, here’s my Broken Hallelujah.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. That's a delightful post! I can see ways that we might be more like the crowd (shutting down the voices crying for help) and less like Jesus (moved to compassion) thanks for the clear application!


  2. I totally agree with you about the young people not being asked what they would like to happen. I think often young people are not asked what they want at all and as a result many think that no one cares what they want or need. We all need to remember that if we treat these young people with respect and with a real honest wish to help then they may treat others in the same way. Great post.


  3. Beautiful post about the unseen! Though my beliefs are not the same as yours, I completely agree that those who are broken are seen and loved by the divine.


  4. What a great post. I am reading a book that gives 5 lessons, it is about life and selling really but it can be applied to life in general and today was the Law of Influence:

    “Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people's interests first.”

    I think that goes so well with your post and the message, I think, you've tried to convey.

    Thank you again


  5. Helene,

    Thank you so much for adding your voice to the conversation. I'd love to say I wouldn't be a shushing voice from the crowd, but I'm too much of a stickler for order and procedures. Jesus sure wasn't like that. He met needs where ever He was regardless of what was going on.

    Please stop in to chat again!!!


  6. Heather,

    Yes, it is so easy to overlook the younger generation or to label them with negative words. Both of those reactions are so wrong.

    Thank you so much for stopping in to chat! Please drop in again!


  7. Anna, Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I read a lot of blog posts (due to challenges) that are very different from my beliefs. Often it is difficult to even read them, let alone leave a comment. However, I believe that there is strength in our diversity. I believe that we can learn a lot from each other, and that we can even agree on things!

    I appreciate your honesty and the fact that you stopped in to chat! Please do so again!!!!!


  8. Liliana,

    Thank you for visiting again!! I'm glad to see your name on my comment list!

    Placing others first is an indication of what kind of character a person has.When we place others first, in any capacity, we will find that blessings will be bestowed upon us. Not that we should try to put others first for that reason, but in my experience that's how it works!

    I hope you'll be stopping in to chat again!!!


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