Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Declare What God Has Done

"Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you."
Luke 8:39a
In Luke chapter eight we read the story of a demon possessed man who was healed by Jesus. The demons have been cast out of him, and in verse 35 we see the man who just a few verses before was naked and living among the tombs now sitting at Jesus' feet and in his right mind. The people of the region are terrified and they ask Jesus to depart (which is the reaction people have when they are confronted with the holiness of God) and this formerly demon possessed man begged Jesus to let him go with Him. But Jesus sent him back to his home to proclaim what God had done for him.

This is a pretty interesting story, and one I'm sure that we have all heard many times before, but have you ever stopped long enough to think about what Jesus told this man to do and about the implications that this has for us? Every Christian, myself included, would love nothing more than to spend our whole lives with Jesus away from the day to day routine of our lives. How wonderful it would be just to spend all day at His feet in fellowship and learning directly from Him. But that is not why Jesus saved us. Sure, there will be times when we get to come alone and be with Jesus where we can pray and read His word, but that is not what we were saved for; we were saved so that we could go back to our homes, to our families, to our friends, to our coworkers, and tell them what God has done for us.

This is what the formerly demon possessed man in Luke chapter eight did; look at what the end of verse 39 says:
And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
Luke 8:39b
So how are you doing? Are you proclaiming to all those around you how much Jesus has done for you? If not, why not, this is what Jesus has commanded us to do.
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