During the first century, thousands of people followed Jesus. Like a grass roots movement, many were eager to become a disciple. Unfortunately, Jesus already chose 12 men to become his disciples and another 72 to serve as a ministry team to prepare towns for upcoming visits. Thus, when a man healed by Jesus in the passages below wanted to get involved, Jesus sends him to the next logical place, his home town.
Jesus did not let him [come], but [instead] He said to him, “Go home to your family and tell them all the great things that the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you,” Mark 5:19.
In my first decade as a parent, I was too consumed by other interest outside of my home. During these initial years, I played in a competitive men’s softball league, coached high school golf and spent a majority of my free time grading papers. One night I was able to watch my son play baseball. In his first at bat, James hit a homerun. During his second at bat, he doubled, but was left on base. His team lost 2-1. When I saw he was batting 10th, I asked a neighbor who knew James’ coach. I found out that James was punished for using an expensive bat without asking. This event inspired me to finally get involved, spending the next 5 years coaching youth baseball.
So he [obeyed and] went away and began to publicly proclaim in Decapolis [the region of the ten Hellenistic cities] all the great things that Jesus had done for him; and all the people were astonished, Mark 5:20.
One of the things I have learned over the years is that you need to become great in your home before you can have an impact on your community. As I have heard several pastors proclaim, “happy wife, happy life,” getting involved starts in your home. When your family begins to notice a transformation within your own life, you can move outside into your community. This is easier for a demon possessed man who is now is his right mind. Yet, as the Holy Spirit begins to move within your heart, mind and soul, God can use you if you’re willing to get involved.
by Jay Mankus