Tuesday, February 26

Great things!

Scripture: Numbers 19-20, Psalm 28, Mark 5

Mark 5:19-20 And Jesus did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”  20 And he went away and began to proclaim in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed. 

Observation

The Gerasene demoniac led a tormented, lonely life.  Then Jesus arrived and set him free!  The change could not have been more dramatic!  The man begged Jesus that he might accompany Him.  I imagine that he was afraid of a relapse, and believed that being with Jesus would be the best way to prevent that.  

But Jesus didn’t allow him to come; instead, Jesus sent him home to “report what great things the Lord has done for you and how He had mercy on you.”  The man did just that.  He proclaimed in Decapolis (a Gentile region) “what great things Jesus had done for him.”  And everyone was amazed. 

Application

Two applications.

First, this made me think about what I would say if Jesus told me to do that.  What are the great things the Lord has done for me?  It starts with finding me, saving me, changing me, turning my life 180 degrees, including me in a community of believers that loved and helped me.  Then it goes on to a life that has been blessed in every dimension!  Mind-boggling.  I believe that Jesus sends all of us, me included, to proclaim what great things He has done.  Sometimes we just forget, and we take for granted His great work in our lives.  It’s good to reflect…and then proclaim!

Second, this reminded me to emphasize this in Rooted and in our church.  Help people tell their stories!  And make the story about Jesus, and what great things He has done!  

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the great things You have done in my life.  Help me today to tell anyone who will listen about You!  My story is Your story!