“And when He was in the house He asked them…But they kept silent.”
– Mark 9:33, 34
There is nothing hidden from the Lord. Jesus said, “…whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops” (Luke 12:3). Jesus said this when He was warning about hypocrisy. When Jesus asked His disciples what they were talking about, He already knew. The Messiah was simply bringing it to light and exposing it to them.
It must have been an embarrassing moment for the twelve. While Jesus had been talking about His own brutal death taking place soon, the disciples were arguing about which one of them was more favored and blessed. When they were asked what they were arguing about, they did not want to answer because they knew their conversation was foolish. They knew their hearts were wrong.
Although being hypocritical may be accepted with others, it has no place in the church. The Lord will always expose it. Before we look at the disciples in judgment, we should consider our own hearts. There will be times in our lives when Jesus will ask us what our conversations have been about. There will be times where He will ask us what we’ve been involved in. Rather than wait for those moments to come, maybe it would be better if we thought about these questions beforehand. It may keep us from being involved in conversations or practices that would embarrass us if ever brought to light. May our conversations be about Him and what He has done for us on the cross, so those words will be shouted from the rooftops!
“If thy neighbor be honored of God, thank God for it; if thou art not so honored, be humbled, and pray more earnestly. If the blessing comes not to thee, still rejoice that it gladdens thy comrade. In any case, do not envy others.”