"Return home and tell how much God has done for you." (Luke 8:39 NIV)
"Be a witness for the Lord." "You have an obligation to minister to
others." I have been taught these statements for as long as I can
remember. It is intimidating to think of ways to "go out there and
preach." I don't consider myself as a preacher or teacher of the
gospel. Sometimes, I fear that people will ask me a question I can't
answer. Then what? Would my faith be criticized, mocked, or
As a Christian, I understand that I should share my faith. The issue
I struggle with is - HOW? I'm turned off by the abrasive methods of
some people, and I cringe at the possibility of becoming anything
Then, there's the issue of my health. Yes, I believe in divine
healing. Yes, I've prayed for healing. Yet, illness remains a
visible part of my life. So, I've
hesitated in sharing my faith because of my physical limitations.
Today's passage, however, solves a lot of the problems that I've
thought about. Jesus dramatically touched this young man's life and
provided a perfect avenue for witnessing - "Return home and tell how
much God has done for you." I felt encouraged by the simple
command. I found the hope I needed to look for opportunities to
share my testimony.
The next time someone asks me about my health, I realize that God is
opening a door for me to share how He has touched my life. It could
be as simple as telling how God answered my prayer for a good night's
sleep; or explaining the sense of peace He provides when I face new
difficulties with my health. Now, I'll be able to express my joy,
even in the face of pain, with gladness. My journey has turned into
an opportunity to bring glory to God.
As we live our everyday, mundane lives, let's learn to see the many
ways that God wants to use us to touch the lives of others. It's as
simple as being available to share God's touch on our lives.