The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. NIV
The demon-possessed man from the Gerasenes region had led a terrible life – living in a graveyard, tormented day and night. He was a wild man whom every one avoided. It’s hard to imagine the kind of life he led living like that. After he was made whole, he immediately pleaded to follow Jesus.
You know Jesus ministered to many, many people – hundreds were healed, set free from demonic oppression and touched by the power of God. Yet few among them pleaded to follow Him. Most took the blessings of God and then went their own way. But this ex-madman was so overwhelmed at being set free, so thankful to God for his deliverance, that he wanted to spend the rest of his life serving Jesus. What gratitude!
Jesus told the man, however, to “return home and tell how much God has done for you.” What an assignment! Remember that the people of the region were so hard-hearted that after they saw how Jesus had cast out the demons from this man, they pleaded with Jesus to leave the place. They wanted no part of Jesus or His ministry. And so this ex-madman was commissioned as the first missionary to the Gerasenes region.
So often we say we want to serve God, we want to follow after Jesus. So often we tell Him how grateful we are for all that He has done, all that He is doing in our lives. I can see Jesus saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”
We who have experienced His touch and know His blessings have a testimony to share. There are so many people out there who are facing desperate situations, going through difficult times. They are crushed and oppressed by the devil. There are people without hope, people struggling to make some sense of life and all it brings. And we have the words of life, the words of hope, the words of freedom. If we keep quiet, if we who know the love and grace of God keep quiet, surely we deprive God the glory due His name, surely we deprive so many people of the joy of knowing the awesome Son of God.
This is not about church or church activity. It is a personal thing, a personal demonstration of our gratitude to God. It is not about sharing a theology or arguing about religion; it is simply sharing with others what God has done for us – how He has delivered us, how He has provided for us, how He has healed our sickness and disease, how He has impacted our lives.
Your testimony has power to change and impact lives. Your testimony has power to open the door to salvation to those around you. For too long we have despised our personal testimony as being of no great significance, or of being something private and personal. We have been silent for too long! It is time to “tell how much God has done for [us].” Let us seize every opportunity to testify about this awesome God we serve and declare His praises to all men. If we call ourselves ‘Christian’ we can do no less.