“Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.”
When something exciting happens in my life, I can hardly wait to tell other people. The day my wife and I got engaged, we (and especially she) spent hours on the phone telling our friends and family about our exciting news.
When I professed faith in Christ, I remember being so excited that I started running up and down the hallway, screaming excitedly, and I even started doing flips and jumps off the couch (I was an energetic youngster)! When exciting things happen, our natural inclination is to tell other people.
In today’s passages of Scripture, something very exciting – indeed, life-changing – takes place in the life of a common villager. A man who lived among the tombs and whose life was at one time full of despair, oppression, unrest, and hopelessness is given new life and freedom in Christ.
Notice the drastic difference that Christ made in this man’s life. Scripture says that at one time he ran around naked and out of his mind, and no one was able to restrain him. After he encountered Christ, though, he is found clothed and at peace, sitting at the feet of Jesus. This is a change only God can orchestrate.
As Christians, a similar change has taken place in our lives. The Bible says we were once enemies of God, children of wrath, without hope and fully deserving God’s eternal punishment in hell. But God, because of His mercy, has provided forgiveness through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
He now gives us the right to be called His sons and daughters! This is the most exciting news we could ever receive, so we ought to jump at the opportunity to tell others about what God has done for us. More often than not, though, we keep this news to ourselves.
After he was set free, the demon-possessed man wanted to follow Jesus for the rest of his life. Scripture says he begged to stay with Him, but Jesus had other plans. He told the man to return to his home and to tell others what the Lord had done for him. The command was simple and clear – go and tell.
As followers of Christ, we have an equally simple and concise command: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations . . .” (Matthew 28:19a). Like the common villager, Christ has commanded us to go and tell.
Are you living in obedience to Christ’s command to tell others? Ask Christ to give you a passion to share the message of the gospel with the lost, and rest in the assurance that He will give you strength as you share His message with others: “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
- The people who heard about Jesus’ miracle were afraid and asked Him to leave. Why do you think they responded in fear?
- Take a moment to think about your story. What miraculous things has God done in your life? In the life of the demon-possessed man, Christ made all the difference! Where would you be if Christ had not made a difference in your life?
- What is keeping you from sharing the good news about Christ with others? Think about at least one person with whom you can share your story, and commit to speak with them this week.