"Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you."
[Mark 5:19, NASB]
God is still performing miracles today. Miracles are proof of God's existence, power and faithfulness. Miracles can be used to reach out to people (Christians and non-Christians alike) who are in doubt, uncertainty, in need of conviction or need to hear a word from God.
The words in the scripture for today comes from the account of Jesus Christ healing a demon-possessed man [Mark 5:1-20]. Unlike so many others to whom Jesus gives the opposite instruction, Jesus commands this man to go tell what has happened in his life. Not to everybody, but to his people - his family and friends. It was as though Jesus was saying, "Go and tell your neighbours, family and friends the good news so that they may be edified, and invited to believe in Christ".
When Jesus Christ told his disciples, "And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere - in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth..." [Acts 1:8] He implied that they would have to start from the core, the centre of where they were, before extending outwards. Judea and Samaria, are located west of the Jordan River, with Jerusalem approximately in the center.
We have all been called to be witnesses of Jesus Christ and share the good news. Our circle of influence starts with those around us. Share your miracles, your testimonies, and your journey with family, friends, fans, neighbours and colleagues. You never know who is at the threshold of accepting Christ and just needs to hear what God has done for you. You never know who is hurting, and needs to hear how the Lord comforted you and restored you. You never know who is about to give up yet needs reassurance that there is God. You never know whose life you would transform for good - whose life will become an instrument to bring millions of people to the knowledge of God.
Prayer: My Loving Father, thank You for the blessing, testimonies and miracles that You have given me. May I not end up being a secret Christian. Open my eyes to the people around me who are aching to receive the good news of Your grace in Jesus. Please give me the words and the wisdom to share Jesus in a loving way. In Jesus name I pray. Amen..