They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus[a] ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
Reflection from Laura Miller:
The phrase "they brought to Him" describes others bringing the man to Christ. Those who presented the man to Christ were involved in an effort everyone should emulate, that is, leading people to Christ as the solution to their needs. This work involves compassion and sacrifice.
We must have compassion for people needing help, as those who brought the deaf-mute man to Christ had, otherwise they would not have gone out of their way to bring him. In addition, bringing others to Christ shows a willingness to pay the cost, as it is a sacrifice of time, effort, and sometimes money—and often brings criticism from the world. Many times it may not be an act that is popular with those around us, but it is wonderful in God's eyes if His name is glorified.
The men in this scenario simply took a man to Christ for healing. Our work may be as simple as bringing a friend to church, or sharing a bible verse, or inviting others to do missions. While these efforts can lead people to Christ, the most effective way is to be a true witness of God.
Fill me with your Holy Spirit, O Lord, and help me so that I may witness your miracles. Please give me the strength and courage to bring those in need to you so that their hearts can be opened in the same way as the deaf man. Help me to walk in your light and live my life in faith and glory. Amen.