October 7 (Mark 5:20)
So the man started off to visit the Ten
Towns of that region and
began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was
amazed at what he told them. (NLT)
It is hard to tell people about a place you’ve never been. I can go on and on about Zion National Park in Utah, Turkey Run State Park in Indiana, and the beautiful city of Rome because I have spent time in all of them. I can tell you a little about Australia from what friends have told me and something about Greece from what I have read in books. Sadly, when it comes to evangelism, a lot of people find themselves in Australia or Greece.
Jesus had just healed a man who had suffered from a demonic attack that drove him mad. The man was so happy to be calm and in his right mind that he wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus told him to go home instead and tell people what had happened, and so he did. He told everyone he knew what Jesus had done for him, and the people were amazed.
If Jesus came to you and said, “I want you to tell people what I have done for you,” what would you say? Would you tell stories about what He has done for others? Would you quote Scripture? These are not bad things, but what would you tell people He has done for you? 1 Peter 3:15 says we must always be ready to explain our hope to people. Spend some time recalling what Jesus has done for you over the course of your life. Perhaps even start a list. Three things are sure to happen. The list will grow quickly, you will find yourself praising God with fresh joy, and you will develop a powerful story that God can use to bring others to Him.
Lord, over the next few days, bring to mind all that You have done for me, even revealing the things I was too blind or too in a hurry to see at the time as coming from You. May the story of Your work in my life bring hope and encouragement to others and lead them to Jesus, in Whose name I pray. Amen.
Copyright © 2018 by Steven R. Perkins