June 8, 2014

And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 19 However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” 20 And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.

— Mark 5:18-20

More often than not, during Jesus' earthly ministry, He told people not to tell others what He had done for them. The reason? (1) It wasn’t time and (2) Jesus didn't want to be drafted as an earthly king based on miracles.  But in this case, Jesus broke from the norm and told the formerly demon-possessed man to tell others what He had done for him. Note three lessons to be learned from this instance:

First, though the man wanted to simply “be with Jesus”, Jesus sent him to tell others.  Being with Jesus is a believer's greatest desire and delight.  Worship is often more pleasurable than work.  But as important as worship is, so is evangelism.

Second, Jesus instructed the man to tell the people nearest him—his friends (and presumably his family).  These who are the closest to us may often be the hardest to reach, they are the first ones to whom we are sent.  Are you praying for your lost loved ones?

Third, the message is the compassion of Christ.  We have a story to tell, and that story is the love of Christ to forgive sinners and heal our broken lives.

So let us worship Jesus, but never to the neglect of telling others of what He has done for us!