Friday, February 20, 2009

The Demon-Possessed Man - Ends (or really, begins)

Luke 8:38-39 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.

This is my Weight Watchers story: In December of 2006 I knew I needed to lose weight. I had tried Atkins and the diet pills, but nothing seemed to work - surprise, surprise. So, I went to my husband and said - can I join Weight Watchers? I knew it would cost us a little bit of money up front, but thought if I just did it slow and steady it would be healthy and I would have the help to get the weight off. Danny said "yes" and on January 2nd, 2007 I strolled into my first Weight Watchers meeting. I listened to the program, I followed it exactly and slowly and steadily the weight began to fall off. By May of the same year, I had lost 40 pounds and had reached goal to become a lifetime member. Six weeks later, I had lost a total of 45 pounds and started working for Weight Watchers. I wanted to share with other people how they can enjoy life so much better by being healthy. I've been with the company for about a year and a half and have had the opportunity to see several people reach their goal in weight loss. It's so exciting to see the change in them.

Jesus had changed the life of the demon-possessed man. He had performed a miracle and helped this man get his life back. The man wanted to stay with Jesus and be a part of His life. And that's exactly what Jesus wanted, but not like that. The way for us to be a part of His life is to share Him with others. Jesus told him to tell others what had happened and that Jesus can give them a new life too. The man was so excited to go tell others about Jesus.

When things in our life change for the better, it's human nature to want to share that with someone else. Why are we so reluctant to share Jesus? Is He not the BEST thing that's ever happened to us? We'll tell everyone about the sale at Penney's or the newest movie that's coming out in the theaters or who we think did the best on American Idol, but we won't mention how we fell on our knees and Jesus forgave us and we woke up with a brand new outlook on life. Oh to be like the demon-possessed man who, when touched by the Master, committed to sharing how wonderful Jesus is with the world...

5 wonderful insights:

Greg C said...

The sad thing is that there are a lot of people out there who don't want to hear about Jesus. They want to hear about that sale at the clothing store or about who did what to who but when you bring up religion, they turn away. I try to talk about my faith whenever I can though. If someone is turned off by it then I just say "you must not understand". People are quick to point out the "christians" that have gone astray in an attempt to down play Jesus. Why does Jesus scare people so much?

Way to go on the weight loss and the weight watchers. I tried it for a while but I got stuck and quit going. Truth is I wasn't following the plan faithfully.

Irritable Mother said...

You make a very good point.
Jesus is the best thing that has ever "happened" to me!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's so nice to meet you.
BTW, how far are you from Ocala?

Edie said...

I think we often tell people about Christ like we're trying to force them to accept and embrace Him. We don't do that with the sale.

Coming to Christ is a process. I think we need to plant seeds for sure, but space them out a little to avoid overcrowding and destroying what was taking root.

About your comment on my blog. My grandma is 92 and she's always wondering why she's still here. She wants to go home. I can understand that. I need to revise my remark to say "Die in my sleep and live a long life." :D

Have a great day!

Edie said...

Ooops, I forgot where I was. LOL! I'm not feeling well this morning maybe I should get off the computer. I was looking at Irritable Mother's picture and thinking I was at her blog. My brain is clearly in a fog. Please forgive me. :)

Sharon said...

First let me say congratulations on your weight loss, not only do I know you must feel better, but you look great, and I know Jesus is so proud of you!
Share the Word, Spread the Gospel. I will never throw it down your throat, but I will let you know he Loves YOU!!