The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:38-39)
My cousin, Diana, is a prayer warrior. She prayed frequently for her father, a mean alcoholic, when others thought he was beyond help. My uncle became a believer shortly before he died. Since I have vivid memories of him beating his son, it’s difficult for me to picture him sitting at Jesus’ feet. But it’s a beautiful picture.
God can save anyone, but the main plot of this story is that those who sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him, can use His power to put His words into practice. The ex-demoniac overcame his negative identity to be the first gentile missionary. Mark tells us the ex-demoniac proclaimed how much Jesus did for him in the Decapolis, an area of ten towns. God’s will for our lives may not be evangelism, but He has a purpose for all.
Father God, help me listen as I sit at your feet. Let me use my gifts to carry out Your will with Your power. Let me not be discouraged as I pray for people and situations because I know they’re not beyond your help. Thank you for loving me. In Jesus’ precious name, I pray. Amen