In Mark 5:18-20 (NKJV), we read: And when [Jesus] got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. 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.” And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.
He had lost everything, even his own mind. Everything in his life was dead and he was dead to everyone else. He spent what he had left of his life living in the cemetery. Then Jesus came. He had crossed over from the other side to help this man. His family had written him off but God chose to rewrite the story of his life. Jesus set him free.
He was eternally grateful! He had lost all hope but Jesus had loved him back to life. All he wanted was to stay with Jesus. But Jesus wouldn’t permit it. He told him to, “Go home.” It wasn’t enough for this man to experience change because there were more people just like him who still needed help.
“Go home and tell your family and friends what the Lord has done for you,” Jesus told him, “Don’t keep it to yourself.” Our home represents the people we share our lives with. It could be the actual place we live, but it can also be the people we go to school with or work alongside of. They haven’t met Jesus for themselves yet. It’s through your story that they’ll meet Him. Don’t hide your Christianity. Don’t make it so “personal” that you don’t share it with others. Someone needs to hear your story.
[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our first 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]
Daily Bible Reading: Mark 6