Luke 8:26-56; Genesis 13:1-14:24; Psalm 7
There are times I find it easy to follow Jesus. Get me in church; get me amongst a bunch of Christians at a concert and I can follow Jesus with the best of them. I can say “Amen.” I can cry out and lift my arms in worship and praise with no problem. Living for Jesus is more challenging, though. The Gerasene demoniac found that out. “The man from whom the demons had gone begged to come along with Jesus as one of his disciples. Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you.’ So he went throughout the city proclaiming what Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:38-39) The hardest part about following Jesus is telling others about Him in day to day life. The spiritual highs of worship on Sunday wear off Monday morning as we drag ourselves to work. The thrill of a concert, a camp or a conference runs headlong into the cold water of a boss who needs the latest sales figures. Still, the command of Jesus to the cured demoniac is the same command we have every day. We are to tell the story of what God has done for us at home, in the marketplace and at work. If only God would let us take the easy way out.
Lord, why can’t I stay with You? I would follow You away from the world where You have placed me. Even as I pray that, I see the answer: You have placed me here for a reason. Give me the grace and strength to tell others of Your love and forgiveness here in my world.