On Sunday we looked at a unique text in Mark 5. Here Jesus heals a man possessed by a demon. What is interesting is that after being changed by Jesus and transformed the man wants to follow Jesus. This is all pretty straightforward I would think. If Jesus transforms you completely, deciding to follow him isn’t a stretch. But Jesus does something unique. He says no. He actually refuses to let the man come with him. And instead he says, “Go home to your family, and friends, and share the mercy God has shown you”
In essence, Jesus says simply go home and share your story. Share you story with those around you. Let them know about how you’ve been changed. Simply share the mercy God has shown you with others.
And in this one little verse I think we get a huge insight into how to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. We don’t need to force it into conversations, we don’t need to go door-to-door; we can simply share our story with our friends, family and neighbors. We can with humility, and grace share how God is changing our lives. We can say how God has freed us from fear, given us hope, supported us in difficulty, given us a purpose etc. We can simply share the wonderful things God is doing in our lives.
This is simple, easy, and sensitive to others. If you have a true friendship with others who aren’t following Jesus, they should care about how your life is changing. And if Jesus is the cause of that change then we should feel free to share it. The focus isn’t on changing others, but sharing the change within ourselves.
And the amazing thing is the story in Mark 5 actually testifies to how remarkably powerful this can be. As Jesus leaves the man the townspeople hate Jesus. They are completely against Jesus and want nothing to do with him. But Jesus leaves behind one man and his story with these people. We read that the man goes home to the region of the 10 Towns. A few chapters later Jesus shows up in the same region again. But this time the response from the people is completely different. One man and his story has changed the region from being against Jesus to being interested in Jesus. Mark records that with the women and children there, 10,000 people (approx.) show up to see Jesus. This is the power of sharing your story. People can become interested in Jesus and actually seek him out.
So on Sunday we left everyone with one challenge. Share your story. It’s that simple and see what God might do.
Big Idea: Share Your Story
- Jesus is already active in our relationships
- If our life isn’t changing lives we’re missing something
- Details matter even minor ones
- Jesus saw the man
- Go home and share your story
- Sharing your story, changes lives
- More than skin, and bone, muscle and tendon – you are made of stories. Michael Gungor
- We don’t need more sermons, conferences, or Bible studies we need more of Jesus and a willingness to share him.
- Our stories have to be real, honest, and focused on Jesus
Discussion Questions for Adults: What stuck out to you from the sermon? What was challenging to you? How did God speak to you through it? What was new?
Have you ever struggled to share Jesus with others before? What made you uncomfortable or struggle?
Whose story has impacted and influenced you to follow Jesus? How did you hear about it, or how was it shared with you?
What mercy has Jesus shown you throughout the years? Share a few stories about how Jesus has changed you.
Who are you friends with that God might be leading you to share your story with them? Take time and pray that God gives you an opportunity to share your story with them.
Discussion Questions for Young Families: If its true that sharing our stories change lives, why not take time and share your personal story with your kids. Be honest, be truthful, and take time to bring them along the journey with you.
Challenge This Week: Share your story with someone this week