Mark 1:38 And he said unto them, Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also: for therefore came I forth. 39 And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils. 40 And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. 43 And he straitly charged him, and forthwith sent him away; 44 And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that JESUS COULD NO MORE OPENLY ENTER INTO THE CITY, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter.
I am amazed how believers so easily dismiss the importance of obedience, count it so trivial a matter, or minimize it. When we minimize something we reduce or underestimate its importance. We can reason that it is a little thing and no big deal but we don’t always see the big picture as God does behind an instruction to obey. We often reason ourselves out of obedience. We should realize we are not as smart as God, lay aside our reason, and just obey. Here in this story, Jesus, after coming forth from prayer (Mark 1:35) states that He must minister in the next towns. As He enters the next town a leper is miraculously cleansed by the power of God. Jesus tells the leper to say nothing until he appeared before the priest in accordance with the Mosaic Law. Instead of listening to Jesus he begins to publicly spread the testimony abroad to everyone. As a result his one little act of disobedience hindered the ministry of Jesus in that city.
It is forever recorded in the inspiration of Scripture that Jesus was right and the leper was wrong. How would you like your little acts of disobedience recorded in Scripture for everyone to read about? I wonder how many Churches have been hindered in their city with what God wanted to accomplish there because of little acts of disobedience so easily dismissed by Believers who didn’t think it mattered. How many Churches have floundered instead of flourished because Believers disobeyed, left for greener pastures, or where the line was shorter for them to get to more prominence?