Last week, I received a notification from Google, asking me to write a review for suggested places I had visited. In the modern world, reviews are both valuable to businesses and to customers. Reviews help new customers make an informed decision on a product or service, and it also helps businesses to understand what their customers think of them and their services.
In the time of Jesus, they didn’t have computers or Google, but the same principle of sharing the good news of God’s grace and love applied. In the Gospel of Mark, we are told of how Jesus set a demon-possessed man free. We don’t know the background of the story that led to him being demon-possessed, but he was clearly tormented both physically and mentally (Mark 5:1-5). After Jesus commanded the demonic spirits to come out of him and he was freed from their control, the passage said that the man was now “sitting there, clothed and in his right mind…”. But instead of celebrating this great miracle, the people of the town rather begged Jesus to leave. We can only imagine the lives that would have been transformed in the region if they welcomed him.
The story ends with Jesus making his way back to the boat, and the demon-possessed man who was now free, begging to follow him. Jesus said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).
This command of Jesus is still effective till this day. A lot of our friends and family may not know Jesus or may not have encountered his mercy and love. As believers, we are called to share our testimony of God’s goodness, his favour and his mercy. Through sharing our testimony, the knowledge and the glory of God is made known to others. Who knows, the Lord may use your testimony to save and transform a life.