19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them. — Mark 5:19, 20 NLT
Do you remember the joy and the excitement that came into your life when you first accepted Jesus as your Savior? Some of us felt great burdens lifted from us and immediately experienced freedom from some of our old habits. Others just felt a peace that they had never had before. Either way, most of us suddenly felt a great desire to tell somebody about what had just happened. Our lives were changed for the better. It was the beginning of a journey with Jesus. That journey has and will continue to take us through experiences and situations that will try us. Each of these experiences will be an opportunity for us to grow closer to the Lord or a temptation for us to become bitter. That choice is up to us. If we choose correctly, we will find that we always come through those times a little stronger than we were before. Our initial joy will be increased because of the victories that we have over these situations. Those victories comes from Jesus Christ, just as our salvation came from His actions at Calvary. Each of these experiences of overcoming temptation and suffering is another story we can use to tell people about Jesus. They aren’t just for our benefit, they are to be shared so that others will come to know Jesus. They are to be shared with those around us where we are right now. It is not necessary to change your vocation. When Jesus sent the disciples out, He instructed them to do tell others “as you go”.
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous