Following Christ Sometimes Means Going Back

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Yes, we’re called to take the gospel news to the ends of the earth, but we start with Jerusalem and Judah. We go back home.

Often, when we come to Christ, we are so sick and tired of the place we are, we just want to get away as far as we can from it. We don’t really care where we’re going.  We just want to get away.  Any place has to be better than the place we are.

Yet, Jesus seldom encourages this kind of escapism.  He never says, “Get up and run away!”

More times than not, Jesus told people to go home and tell everyone what He had done for them. The Gerasene demoniac, Legion, wanted to come with Christ. So much so, we’re told, he tried to get in the boat with Jesus. But Jesus wouldn't let him do that. Instead, Jesus sent him home.

Can you imagine how Legion felt?

Go home?

Go home to the people who tied him up and neglected him?

We would have understood if Legion had refused and never gone home again, because sometimes, home is the place that hurts most of all.

I think there are two reasons Jesus said this.

First, Jesus never lets you run away from anyone or anything.

If you have a problem in your life, if there’s a moment that still needs healing, Jesus will take you right back to that spot.  Why?

To bring healing, and then we don’t have to be afraid of it anymore.

The second reason is—whether we like to admit it or not—home is the place we can be most effective, the place where the change in our lives can be most noticed.

These people know us and we know them. That kind of knowledge is priceless in sharing the gospel of Jesus and then, growing more into His likeness as His disciples.

More times than not, Jesus’ word to us is “Go back.”

Yes, we’re called to take the gospel news to the ends of the earth, but we start with Jerusalem and Judah.  We go back home.

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