We all know that God calls many individuals to go. He calls them to depart behind all that’s comfy and acquainted to allow them to minister in his identify. However it’s clear that God additionally calls many to remain. He calls them to stay in comfy and acquainted environment to allow them to minister in his identify. And one favourite instance of that is within the story of the person we name The Gerasene Demonaic. This man had been oppressed by demons, maybe the saddest and most tragic determine we meet within the gospels. “Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones” (Mark 5:5). However then he had encountered Jesus and, with a phrase, Jesus had set him free from his oppression.
When this man was freed by Jesus, we’re instructed he begged Jesus to have the ability to go along with him. It’s as if he stated, “Please let me remain with you, let me learn from you, let me serve you. Where you go I will go.” This man noticed Jesus for who he was and wished Jesus greater than something. He wished to go wherever Jesus went.
What has at all times fascinated me is Jesus’s response. This man begged to have the ability to go along with Jesus as one in every of his dedicated followers. He was keen to depart all of the comforts of dwelling and household. He was keen to endure. Jesus might have invited him alongside. He might have had this man as a dedicated disciple. I’d have thought this could be a proposal Jesus wouldn’t refuse.
However Jesus had one other plan. A greater plan. As a substitute of telling him “come,” Jesus instructed him “stay.” He instructed 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.” This man was to have a ministry, in any case, but it surely was a ministry at dwelling, not a ministry away. He was not known as to international missions, however home missions. And he each heard and heeded that decision. “He went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.”
There might be no higher missionary to those folks than one in every of their very own. This man had the benefit of figuring out them, of figuring out their place, of figuring out their tradition. This man had the benefit of being recognized. These folks knew who and what he had been. As he returned to stay amongst them, they might see who and what he now was. And his activity was merely to elucidate what had occurred between instances. His activity was merely to elucidate what the Lord had accomplished to liberate him from his demons and to liberate him from his sin.
Christian, God might name you to international missions. However till then I do know for a truth he has known as you to home missions. And right here’s what that entails: Inform how a lot the Lord has accomplished for you. You must inform folks about Jesus—the information of who he’s and what he has accomplished. However make sure to additionally personalize it—inform the story of what Jesus has accomplished in you and for you. There’s no higher missionary to your pals, household, neighborhood, and tradition than you. That is the calling of each Christian: “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”