Embracing a Servant’s Heart
Mark tells us an interesting story in 5:18–20:
“And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.’ And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled.”
This story provides us with an incredible lesson about serving others as a result of Jesus’ touch on our lives.
To give some context, we have a man who was seriously demon possessed. Like many of us he was hurting and troubled and Jesus saved and healed him.
Notice his first response—he wants to stay with Jesus. Who wouldn’t? The teaching, the “comfort” of being with Him and the joy of seeing Jesus at work would be awesome.
Jesus, however, has other plans for this man. He tells him to go home and tell. I think He did this for two reasons:
- This man was a living, walking and vivid testimony to Jesus Christ and what He can do for us. It wasn’t important what this man thought he could do for Jesus; what was important was what Jesus could do for others through this man’s testimony. Jesus calls him to serve by telling. And, what’s more powerful than a personal testimony? Nobody can question it—it’s your story of how Jesus changed your life.
- Secondly, this man was the first seed of what would become a mighty harvest. He began to proclaim in Decapolis. These are ten Greek cities. At this time, these cities are primarily full of Gentiles. A great witness to the non-Jewish population is beginning with a man who was severely demon possessed and whom Jesus personally healed. He was called to serve in new, uncharted territory and we see that he did it—he didn’t hesitate because he knew Jesus called him to do something new and different and would empower him to do it. He proclaimed and “all marveled.”
Friends, servants understand that serving others is the only appropriate response to Jesus’ touch on their lives. They hear His voice, and like the former demoniac, they respond in obedience to what they hear. They are not afraid to serve even into scary, new ventures. Why? Because Jesus touched their lives and they are so grateful that they can’t wait to help others feel that touch through them.
If Jesus has ever lifted you up, healed you, delivered you, forgiven you, or saved you, than an appropriate response is serving Him by serving others.
We must remember:
- As believers we cannot claim that we’re alive in His Name, but really be dead (Revelation 3:1).
- As believers we must refuse to have faith without works and be dead (James 2:17).
- As believers we must fully embrace serving Jesus by serving others from love and gratitude for what He has done for us and a deep desire to be a part of what Jesus is doing in other people’s lives!
- As believers, we need to sign up, suit up, show up, smile up and serve it up!