Are you telling your friends about Jesus?

In the fifth chapter of Mark, Jesus helps a man possessed with a legion of devils. If you read the chapter, you will see that the man was fairly well-known in the area. Verse 4, for example, tells us that people had often bound the man with fetters and chains but nothing worked. As a result, the man roamed the mountains and tombs crying and cutting himself with stones (verse 5). A short time later, people show up and see the man sitting clothed and in his right mind. Many of them are actually afraid of Jesus over what has transpired, and some of them ask Jesus to leave. When Jesus begins to depart, the newly exorcised man seeks to travel alongside Him. Who can blame him, right? Jesus was the only person to help him with his situation! Still, Jesus tells him to go home to his friends and tell them how the Lord had compassion on Him and helped him.

Take a moment and think about the person you were before you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Now consider how things have changed since you asked Jesus into your heart. Are things different? Would people you knew then be shocked to see you ‘in your right mind’ today? Only you can answer these questions, but regardless of how you answer, Jesus tells us to go home to our friends and tell them how the Lord has compassion on us and helps us.

Remember, in Mark 16:15, Jesus tells disciples to go into the entire world and preach the gospel. What’s the gospel? In short, God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus) that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

I don’t know about you, but that’s compassion. That’s help that only He can provide (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8, 10:13). Are you telling others about Him and what He’s done for you? If you are reading this on a computer, share your story on Facebook or some other social media platform. If you are reading this on your smartphone, dial up someone you have not seen in years and reconnect. Tell them the events that have transpired in your life. Tell them about Jesus.

Chris Woodward

Assistant Editor, One Million Dads
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