ARE YOU TELLING
“And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.”
King James Version
Jesus told the man who He had healed to go home to his friends and tell them what He had done for him. I think if we will listen with our heart, we will hear Jesus saying to us “Tell your friends what I have done for you”. Are we telling our friends what Jesus has done for us? Do our friends know we are saved and love Jesus by our words and by our actions?
When is the last time you told your family and friends how much you love Jesus and what He has done for you? Does your family and friends see and hear the difference Jesus has made in your heart and in your life? Are you leading others to Jesus by your actions and your words, or are your actions and words turning them away from Jesus?
For many years, I wouldn’t even look in a mirror to comb my hair because I didn’t like the person I saw in the mirror. Before Jesus told me He loved me and saved me and gave me a new heart, I was hateful, sarcastic and rude and I didn’t like anybody including myself. When I realized Jesus loves me, my attitude changed toward people and toward myself. O what a difference Jesus makes in our life.
Lynda Randle wrote a beautiful hymn that describes what happened to me “Since Jesus Passed By”. “Like a blind man I wandered So lost and undone A beggar so helpless Without God or His Son Then my Savior in mercy Heard and answered my cry And oh what a diff'rence Since Jesus passed by.”
Since Jesus saved me and gave me a new heart, I am happy and sometimes I get so excited I feel like I’m flying higher than a kite. Many years ago, I had a pastor who said in one of his sermons “If you want to fly higher than a kite, start serving Jesus”. The pastor was so right because since God gave me the privilege of serving Jesus by writing devotions, I have been happier than I have even been in my life.
Pastor Ira Stanphill wrote one of my favorite hymns “Happiness Is the Lord”. “Happiness is to know the Saviour, Living a life within His favour,
Having a change in my behaviour, Happiness is the Lord. Real joy is mine, no matter if teardrops start; I’ve found the secret–it’s Jesus in my heart.”
Have you found the secret? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to be your personal Saviour? If not, I urge you, I plead with you to give your heart to Jesus today before it is too late. Jesus loves you so much He allowed them to crucify Him on the cross for your sins. Don’t miss out on spending eternity in Heaven with Jesus.
July 16, 2019