The Power Of Testifying

Mark 5:18-20: “And when He was come into the ship, He that had been possessed with the devil prayed Him that he might be with Him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to your friends, and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you, and has had compassion on you. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”

He that had been possessed with the devil: He was possessed with many devils and Jesus had cast them out of the man. He prayed Jesus would allow him to go with Him but Jesus had a mission for him to perform. Sometimes when God has done something great for us and has had compassion on us He has a mission for us to perform as well. GO and TELL.

Go home to your friends, and tell them: This man was to testify of what Jesus had done for him and of the compassion Jesus had on him. His mission was to be a preparatory mission. He did not just testify to his friends but he testified in Decapolis. We are not told how long or how far he testified but he began to testify in Decapolis. Testifying has a tendency to keep what God has done for us and through us fresh in our minds and has a positive impact on us. It keeps our love and awe for God fresh as well as maintaining our faith in Him.

And everyone did marvel: Everyone was astonished and did wonder. They had not come to faith but it had sparked an interest. It began them to thinking and made them open for further information about this Jesus. Often when we share a testimony it can have the same result. It may not bring them to faith and a belief in what we say or a faith in Jesus but it may set the stage for them to be receptive later.

It was preparatory: Later, as recorded in Mark 7:31, Jesus would pass through Decapolis and He would minister in the area.