I’ve always liked this story about the man released from the bondage of demons, by Jesus. As described in Mark 5:1-20, the verses set by Selwyn for today’s reading and meditation.
The key verses for today’s study are, Mark 5:18-20 (NIV): ” … As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he (God) has had mercy on you.” So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis (ten cities, located in the area), how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.”
There are times when we sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His word; and, there are other times when we go and tell people how God has shown mercy, to us. We need to be open to the promptings of God, so that we can discern when it is the right time for each activity.
In today’s study, Selwyn talks about the discipline of sharing our faith with others. He writes: “We should discipline ourselves to share by deed and word what we have found as we have prayed and read the Word.”
In Romans 10:11-15 (NIV), we read: ‘As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and non-Jews – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” ‘
We are all sent out into this world to tell people about the love of Jesus through our actions and our words – our actions speak of love and our words speak of God’s mercy. It’s God Himself who gives you the opportunities to share Christ with others – it is not essential to have been trained in a bible college to work in His harvest field. It is His Spirit within you – expressing His presence through your life that others will see that you have been set free from the bondage of evil.
What do you think about this?