"Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee." (Mark 5:19)
In Yesterday's A. M. NOTES, we looked at the miraculous salvation of the Gadarene Demoniac. This man was beyond anyone's help, it seemed. But, then he met Jesus! And the Lord , in one moment of time, changed his life for eternity.
This man was so grateful, he wanted to go wherever Jesus was going. (V. 18)
But, Jesus told Him to go home, and tell his friends what had happened unto him.
He certainly had a fantastic and fascinating story to tell!
If you are a disciple of the Lord, you have a story to tell as well. It may not be as dramatic as that of the Gadarene Demoniac, but it is still your story, and it needs to be told.
Where should you begin to tell it? At home. Go home, first, and tell those who know you and who knew you, what God has done in your life. Tell your kin, and tell your friend, how Jesus had compassion upon you, and saved you.
I've done this before in A. M. NOTES, but I want to do it again. This will be a reminder to those who remember it from before. I want to give you a simple formula to help you tell your story.
1) Write it down. Just take a few minutes, and write your story down. It will help you to organize your story, making it easier for you to share. And, after you are gone, it will be found by those who survive you. It will continue to be your story after you are gone.
2) Tell about who you were before you were saved. Just a paragraph, summarizing your life before you met Jesus. You don't have to air out all the dirty laundry! But let it be known how desperately you needed Jesus.
3) Tell about how you met Jesus. Was it at a Church service, or was it a friend who shared their story with you? Was it in a time of crisis, or was it at Summer Camp? Just write a brief paragraph about how Jesus came into your heart.
4) Lastly, tell about how Jesus changed your life! Just write a paragraph about what happened after you were saved. Tell how Jesus broke some bad habits, or how your heart was lifted when the burden of guilt and shame was taken from you.
This exercise will help you to organize your story, and make it easier to share it with others. And, you will be ready if ever someone asks, "Who would like to tell us about how they met Jesus?"
Just stand up, and Testify!
From my heart to your heart.