The Key to Reaching Your Family First
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:18-19
I’m always intrigued when I read the story of Jesus healing the demon-possessed man in the land of the Gerasenes. This man had been living in the graveyard, isolated from the rest of the community, and exhibited self-destructive tendencies. The townspeople had tried to bind him with chains, but the man would break free.
So in came Jesus. And when the man saw him from afar, he immediately recognized the Lord and began shouting at him, begging Jesus not to torment him. So Jesus cast the demons out and let them go into a herd of pigs who immediately drowned themselves in the sea.
The man was free, and wanted to follow Jesus and be with him. But interestingly, Jesus said no. Instead, he told the man to go back to his home and share what He had done for him. What a powerful testimony to those who knew this man best!
The place to begin sharing God’s truth is at home. That’s where we’re to live authentically, walking with God and showing others the grace He’s given us… our spouses, our kids, our parents, and our friends. Start sharing the Gospel at home, testify of the Lord’s goodness, and be a living witness to your loved ones of God’s grace in your life.
Share God's grace with those at home first by walking authentically with God and being a living witness of His grace.