Start at Home

“The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:38-39 

The story behind today’s focal verse is found in Luke 8 where Jesus and his disciples visit a town they hadn’t been to before. Upon arriving, they meet a man possessed by demons. This man’s life was a mess. As it says in verse 27: “For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.” He had a bad reputation and people were naturally afraid of him.

But Jesus had compassion on him and commanded the impure spirits to leave and stop tormenting him. They recognized Jesus as the Son of God and begged him not to cast them into the Abyss, but instead allow them to go into a nearby herd of pigs. Jesus allowed this and the spirits that once possessed the man drove the pigs into the lake and drowned them.

When the people came out from the town to see what happened they found the man “sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.” Instead of rejoicing that the man was better, they were so afraid that they asked Jesus to leave their town. Understandably, the man who had been healed wanted to go with Jesus, but Jesus told him no. Instead, Jesus told him, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.”

If Jesus has changed your life that’s his command to you too: start at home by telling your family and friends what great things God has done for you. They will listen because they will see the change in you.

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Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church