WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19
But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family…”
Mark 5:19 (NLT)
LIVE SENT: MY MISSION TO REACH OTHERS BEGINS WITH THOSE I ALREADY KNOW
Walter Knight told of an old Scottish woman who went from home to home across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed. One day, however, she was seen tossing the stick up several times. “Why do you toss the stick more than once?” someone asked. “Because,” replied the woman, “it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right.” She then dutifully kept throwing the stick into the air until it pointed the way she wanted to go! (Today in the Word)
The healed man in Mark 5 wanted to physically go with Jesus but Jesus told Him to go back home and start his faith journey by sharing what God had done with those he already knew. In other words, go back to the people who knew you before, to your family and friends, to the relationships that you already have. The New Testament pattern for evangelism is that you go back into your own circle of influence—family, friends, neighbors, job, school, common interest groups, and community contacts, and tell them what great things God has done for you.
When have you tried to go one way when God was telling you to go a different way? Is it easier to witness to a total stranger or a family member? Why? The people who know you best will also be the ones who can most easily see the change Jesus has made in your life. Who is someone close to you that you have not shared with the difference Jesus has made in your life?
Praise God for those people who are closest to you. Thank Him for giving you those relationships. Ask God for opportunities to share Jesus with them.