God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 8

JESUS HAS A MISSION JUST FOR YOU

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.  (Luke 8:38-39)

All the man wanted to do was be with Jesus.

After all, with such miracles happening and such love demonstrated, who wouldn’t want to be a part of the Messiah’s mission?

But Jesus had a special mission, just for him.

The man wanted to leave the place he was to be where the Master went, but Jesus had other plans.  He wanted to the man to be His representative where he already was.

Nobody could give a more compelling testimony to the man’s friends than the man himself.  Nobody could witness to his family better than him.  Nobody could be a better testimony to God’s saving grace than the man all the people had known before grace entered the picture, because in him they would truly see the difference.

Maybe God is calling you to a far-off land or a faraway mission somewhere.  He does that, and we need that.  But maybe He’s calling you not to go away and find some place else where Jesus is, but stay right where you are and bring Jesus there.

Your family and friends, school and social activities, neighborhood and job aren’t somebone else’s responsibility.  They are yours, and Jesus gave them to you because He believes in you even more than you believe in Him!

May you be faithful to the call of Christ to be who you are, where you are, and bring Jesus into your circumstances.  As you do, you’ll experience the hope that comes from this truth: Jesus has a mission just for you.

-Pastor Phillip


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