At the time of this writing, there are three members of the College and Career class I teach serving as missionaries in foreign lands. Another young man will leave for Bosnia later this year. They are all young adults in their early 20s.
One of the final barriers I had prior to accepting Christ was the fear that if I gave my life to Him, He was going to ask me to move to the far regions of Africa! Turns out that’s not been His will for me.
But in Mark 5, we read about an assignment Christ gave which was perhaps the most terrifying task ever given to a mere mortal. The man had just had a radical encounter with the Lord – Jesus had cast a legion of demons out of him and into a sounder of pigs (yep, I looked it up – that’s what a group of swine is called. You’re welcome)! After being so dramatically changed, the man begged for the chance to join Jesus’ band of travelers.
That’s when Christ handed down the frightening assignment:
No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been. (Mark 5:19, NLT)
Not many of us are going to go with Jesus to foreign lands. Yet each one of us has the opportunity, (dare we say responsibility), to tell our friends and family about the love and mercy of Christ. Who knows, perhaps some will respond as the healed man’s family and neighbors did – with amazement (v.20).
Friends, your neighbors and family need to hear about Christ as much as people on the other side of the globe – will you be the one to tell them? –Dave
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