Naked, homeless, broken and out of control. That’s the description of a man in Luke chapter 8. He was not defined by what he did for a living or even the family he was related to but the brokenness of his life. He was only known by what had taken over his life. We all, at some point, could be defined by our darkest moment. You may have been severely depressed, addicted, broken, divorced, bankrupt and the list could go on. The grace of God sees past what others see and sees who we really are. Jesus saw someone that could be restored from the brutal master of sin and bondage. Jesus set him free, and in a very dramatic way, by casting the legion of demons into a herd of pigs. His deliverance was so dramatic that it actually scared his village. They were used to the crazy man and now the new sane man before them scared them. In a broken world, many times people don’t know what to do with a person that has been made whole. I think it is because the new whole person is like a mirror reflecting back at them what God wants to do in their lives. It wasn’t long before the town totally rejected Jesus and the change he could bring to their lives. The once demon possessed man begged to go with Jesus. However, Jesus refused his request. He sent the man back and told him to tell his story to everyone. This is the power of our testimony. We may know people that say they don’t like “church” or are even afraid of the change that would confront them if they go. They rejected Jesus but they could not ignore the brother, friend and neighbor that had been set free. You are a voice of God’s grace to the people in your world. They may formally say they reject Jesus, but they accept you. Use that access to bring them closer.
Easter is coming, statistics tell us it is the best chance you have of getting a YES to come to church. Jesus set you free for a reason; use your story to build His kingdom.