Mark 5:19 – “However, Jesus did not permit him [to come], but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.’”
When the demon-possessed man was freed by Jesus and put again “in his right mind”, he was grateful. So grateful that he wanted to pick up and go with Him whenever He went. But Jesus said no, because there was something better he could do. Go home, show off his miracle, and tell people about Him. Spread the word about how good and gracious God really is, because you are living proof. Convince your friends that God is loving and caring and compassionate. They will hear about what happened to you, and they need to hear the truth. Not what the scared villagers are saying, which is tinged with fear and misunderstanding. But the truth – that “He has had compassion on you” and that He wants to do the same for them.
And we each have the same opportunity. To go. To tell. To share. He calls us out, but then He gives us the choice. To go or not to go. And He always hopes we’ll go.
So you have the choice in front of you.
Don’t sit still.
Don’t ask a million questions.
Get up and go.
Go where He says.
Go to whom He sends you.
And be love.
Because there you will find healing for yourself in soothing the hurts of someone else.
Because there you will strength to keep going in encouraging strength in someone else.
Because there you will find hope in sparking hope in someone else.
Because you could be the beginning of the miracle someone is hoping for.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). And it can start with you. Yes, YOU.
Hearing God ask you to go – and being humble and obedient to go.
You could be the difference.
You could be the light.
You could be the grace.
If you choose to go.
So will you?
Marie Fremin. 1/21-1/22/17