grateful...for what He has done
“As JESUS was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him. JESUS did not let him, but said, "Go home to your own people and tell them how much The LORD has done for you, and how HE has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:18-19)
This week, we get to stop, and gather, and pause long enough to consider how thankful we are. Let’s consider first what it is GOD has done in us.
My initial reaction to this demon-possessed man is to be repulsed by a man living among the tombs. He was a threat to others and himself, so he was chained up, but was wild enough to break the chains. He lived in isolation, outcast, and was tormented. When I look a little longer, I see he is a more desperate picture of something in each of us, before meeting JESUS.
JESUS came across the lake for this crazy, tortured man. A man controlled by a legion of demons is JESUS’ choice reach the lives of many in 10 cities across the lake. Arguments about what JESUS did, said, who He was and who He wasn’t pale in comparison to this transformed life. Once naked, wild and destructive, now clothed, calm and at peace. It’s hard to argue effectively about who JESUS is, when you see before you a life He completely changed.
Some of us are prone to think GOD would never take us based on what we have done, or thought. Yet, CHRIST came across a lake to change the life of one. Look at this man. If JESUS would come for him, He will come for you and me…no matter what.
And look how the story ends in Mark 5. The changed man wants to be with JESUS, but instead he’s given an assignment. Go tell your family and friends how much The LORD has done for you. That is our assignment. We’re not expected to memorize every Bible verse and given a perfect argument for the reality of GOD. Just tell your people what The LORD has done for you.
What a great place to start our Thanksgiving. I’m thinking, what has The LORD done in my life? The answers fill me with gratitude, and prepare me to share with someone else. Our story is the greatest gift we have to offer. Each story is a miracle and has eternal power.
"It has come at last--salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth--the one who accuses them before our God day and night. And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony…