Return Home

Jesus tells us that we are to go into all the world telling the good news. That can be both exciting and scary.

Exciting because we know that we have a mission. Exciting because we know that God has entrusted us with something for His kingdom.

Exciting because we can change the world!

But, it can be scary, because of the what if. . . .

What if we fail. . . .

What if we do it wrong. . . .

What if say or do the wrong thing. . . .

What if.

Today, Jesus tells someone to go, but it’s to a different place. Look at what happens in Luke 8:38-39 today:

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you. And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

He told the man to return home and tell others about how much that God has done for you. Return home.

Tell your family. Your friends. Your neighbors. Your loved ones. The folks that you know.

Return home and tell.

I think one of the things that scares us about our mission to “go” is the where. Today, God may (or may not) be calling you to Africa, or Asia, or some far-flung place.

If He is, that’s awesome. Because they need to hear the Gospel there. If He is, go.

But, no matter what, I know this. God is calling all of us to return home. To tell others about Him today in our work.

In our family.

In our neighborhood.

All around us.

Today, return home and tell. Let your light shine before all men. Share the good news of the Gospel today with your lives, where you are.

Today, take the good news with you. Return home. Share His story where ever you go.

Be faithful. And let His light shine!

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Finding Our Own Story

I love hearing testimonies of what God is doing in other folks lives. The Bible says that the power of the testimony is one of the best things that we have to use against the evil one.

I love to know what God is doing in your and through you. I love to hear stories of His goodness and mercy, to hear how He is impacting your lives in amazing ways.

Your testimony, your story, it makes a huge difference in my life. In my faith. In who I am.

And that’s the power of testimony. It’s when YOUR faith impacts MY faith. It’s not just enough for the stories to remain with you, the must impact and become a part of my life and my story.

Listen to what happens in John 4:39-42:

Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”

The Samaritans heard the women’s testimony. The saw and heard what Jesus had done for her. And that was nice. That was awesome.

But, they say at the end, the believe now not because of what she has told them, but they believe, they have heard for themselves who Jesus is.

Today, you will have the chance to hear of the goodness of God through many, many means. Devotionals like this. Music. Conversations with friends. And these are all important, needful things.

But, is it yours? Are you making that faith your own? It has to impact you. It has to change you, at the core of who you. Your life, your faith, it must be your own.

You must hear for yourself, let it impact yourself, and let it change yourself.

I don’t want to just hear your testimony of how Jesus has impacted your life. I want to have my own testimony of how Jesus has impacted my life.

Today’s let’s hear the story. And let’s make that story our own. Let’s each make that faith our own faith.

May we each hear and believe for ourselves!

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