2/25/16: Give Your Testimony
The Gadarene demoniac of Mark chapter 5 had been possessed by a legion of demons for a long time. Once Jesus cast the evil spirits out of him, the man was so grateful that he begged Jesus to let him become one of the people who traveled with Him. Jesus didn’t allow that. Instead, Jesus told the man, “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.” So that’s what the guy did. “And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled” Mark 5:19-20 (NKJ). Now Decapolis was a ten-city region in a district in Syria, so this guy was doing some proclaiming!
What has God done for us? It’s quite natural to feel an intense draw toward God when we experience His great blessings, but He actually doesn’t want us just hanging around Him all the time. He expects for us to get out to our Decapolis and tell “what great things the Lord has done… and how He has had compassion” on us.
When you give your testimony, you will be in good company.
- The Psalmist does it in Psalm 66:16 when he says, “Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me” (NIV).
- King Nebuchadnezzar does it in Daniel 4:1-3. “To the peoples, nations and men of every language, who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures from generation to generation” (NIV).
- The woman at the well does it in John 4:28-29. “Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, ‘Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?’” (NIV).
Do you want to make an impact today? Give your testimony.
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