Day 11 of 40 days with Christ (Mark 5:18-20)
Welcome to 40 days with Christ – a daily scripture based word of encouragement from the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Today is day #11! Let’s start with a word of Prayer. Father in Heaven, Your ways are always best. Help us to love and trust you even when you close a door that we thought you would have gladly opened for us. We pray this in Jesus name. Amen!
Yesterday you’ll remember that Jesus healed a man who had been demon-possessed. Now Jesus is about to depart from the region. The healed man is asking to travel with Jesus and his disciples.
Reading from Mark chapter 5 verses 18 through 20.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
Earlier in this series, we saw Jesus walk up the fisherman Simon and Andrew and suddenly tell them to leave their occupation and to follow him. And amazingly, that’s exactly what they did!
Perhaps it is just as surprising however today when we encounter Jesus telling a man who avidly desires to leave his home and to travel with Jesus that he should instead go back to his hometown to tell people how much the Lord had done for him.
How easy it could have been for this man to become discouraged. He wanted to leave everything in order to follow Jesus! And yet he was not allowed to do so.
Like him, we too may have any number of ideas about the ways we think we could be of use of Jesus. But sometimes we discover that Jesus has other plans for us. Of course, Christ’s plans are always best. Scripture tells us that when the man went and told others about Jesus, they were all amazed.
Jesus’ plan for my life might be a little different than his plan for your life. For example, Simon and Andrew needed to leave their home and travel with Jesus physically, but this young man needed to go back to his home to tell his family and neighbors how the Lord had been merciful to him.
We serve the same Father. But we are often called to different areas of service! That might be worth remembering the next time I discover myself accidentally trying to force my own personal gift or calling upon someone else.
Father in Heaven,
Whenever things don’t go the way we expect or plan, no matter how good our intentions are, whenever we find ourselves tempted to become overly disappointed or perhaps even bitter… Please help us to trust that your plans are best. They aren’t always what we expect and we don’t always understand them at first, but they are always best. When we don’t understand where our life’s pathway is taking us, please help us to walk by faith and not by sight.
In Jesus name, Amen!
Thanks so much for joining us. Have yourself a great day, and I hope we see you again tomorrow for day 12 of our ongoing series 40 days with Christ.