Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

Can’t I Do This?

Jesus asked his name. He responded, “the Crowd” (Calvin Miller, in The Singer). He was not himself…had not been for quite some time. In those long ago days when he was himself, he would never thought of making the cemetery his home…of cutting his unclothed flesh with sharp rocks…of screaming uncontrollably day and night…of living as a wild beast. But that was before he became “the Crowd”…before the coming of the devil’s henchmen. But the winds of glorious change had been blowing…causing Jesus’ boat to land at the exact right spot by the seaside to allow a “chance” meeting. Jesus had a word with the demons. The Crowd left, unable to resist our Lord, and the man was one again. Jesus restored his unity. He was human again. Clothes were found as Jesus restored his dignity. His mind returned to him, as Jesus restored his sanity.

The occupants of the nearby city and the countryside, seem to have been more upset over the loss of pigs than happy over the deliverance of a fellow human. They beg Jesus to depart from them. Can you imagine that? But the new human has a different request. He begs to go with Jesus. But the Lord has other plans for him. “Go to your house and to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how good He has been to you.” And so, off goes this new human, singing redemption’s song of joyful praise to God for all the glorious good he had received. And others began to pick up the melody and learn the song.

And I was thinking about this…how I have sometimes made it seem so difficult and awkward to spread the gospel to others. Or how I have made it cold and formal in the way I tell it. Jesus surely did great things for “the Crowd” when He gave him back his life…all new. But hasn’t He done great things for me too? Is it only the man miraculously dispossessed of demons who had good news to share? Don’t I also? In fact, don’t I have even better…yea, far better news to share?! For I didn’t only live among tombs, I was buried in a tomb because of my sins. Jesus didn’t only give me back my sanity…He gave me life eternal!

Was it too much that Jesus asked of the man? Did He ask him to go and explain Daniel’s visions to his family and friends? No. As vital and essential as Bible study is, at this point, Jesus was looking for a way into the hearts of people who were shutting Him out. He needed our hero, to simply tell his story. And it did good too. For later on when Jesus returns to the area, He is given a totally different reception.

Can’t I do this? Can you do this? Is there still a place…a need for this kind of commission? I think so. Balance this however you might need to. Why don’t we let others know of the great things our Lord has done for us?

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3 thoughts on “Can’t I Do This?

  1. For a while I can remember feeling like I had to be able to answer every question that a person might have before I could even begin a conversation about God.

    Then I went through a time when I felt like I wasn’t even sure about God. I knew He was real, but I didn’t really understand what that meant for me. I didn’t know how I was supposed to have a relationship with Him. I actually talked to people about God at that time. Since I was confused about Him myself I didn’t feel the need to explain Him and I wasn’t afraid of their questions.

    I don’t expect that to make sense to anyone, because it baffles even me. What I do understand is that now … I have no reason not to talk about God. He saved me from a life that only He could have gotten me out of so I have something personal I can share.

    I’ve also learned about His grace and forgiveness. I have learned what He can do to put my heart at rest, and I’ve learned that thoughts are not sin.
    These are some of the most important lessons I’ve learned … misunderstanding them got me into some dark places so I know others need to understand them too.

    I can do this! I can tell people what God has done in my life. I can tell people what God can do in theirs.

    I LOVE THE SPIRIT YOU EXPRESS…”I can do this! I can tell people what God has done in my life. I can tell people what God can do in theirs.” THIS IS RIGHT ON! WHY SHOULD ANY CHRISTIAN LEAVE IT UP TO THE “PROFESSIONALS” TO DO ALL THE SHARING. OF COURSE, WE MIGHT NEED TO GET SOME HELP AS WE SHARE WITH OTHERS…BUT THAT’S OKAY. SURELY THERE ARE PLENTY OF MORE MATURE CHRISTIANS WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK WITH REGARD TO SOME OF THE TOUGHER DOCTRINAL ISSUES. SURELY THEY ARE READY AT OUR BIDDING. BUT AM I REALLY GOING TO LET OTHERS DO ALL MY LIVING FOR JESUS, SPEAKING FOR HIM, REJOICING IN HIM AND SHARING OF HIM? I DON’T THINK SO! THERE ARE OTHERS WANDERING OUT THERE IN THE DARKNESS WITH WHOM WE CAN RELATE. I’M NOT ABOUT TO LET SOME ROCK DO MY GLORIFYING OF JESUS. I WANT TO HONOR HIM BEFORE OTHERS…HELP THEM SEE HIS GLORY…HELP THEM UNDERSTAND HE IS FOR THEM TOO.

  2. I have not wanted to talk to others about God, first because (like P) I didn’t feel like I knew enough and I sure didn’t want to answer incorrectly! I felt like there were so many others that knew more, that it wasn’t really my job to speak up.

    But once I crashed and burned..lived with demons…their voices in my head telling me all kinds of lies….once Jesus rescued me from that hell, I felt like there was more than just myself to be concerned with. If I had been set free, wasn’t there someone else out there that wanted to be set free as well? If Jesus had healed my broken heart, wasn’t there someone else feeling broken hearted that He could heal? I didn’t feel strong enough at first, but even then I wanted God to take the mess I had made and help someone with it.

    I see that only by opening my mouth and telling folks can anyone be helped. My mess will simply remain my mess, unless I let others see the power of God as He worked in my life. I have to set my pride aside and stop worrying about what anyone else might think about me…and let God’s light shine. I am not much light…but He is.

    YES…THERE ARE OTHERS IN WHOSE PRESENCE GOD HAS PLACED YOU…PLACED ME…PLACED US…THERE ARE LOST FOLKS WHO AREN’T GLAD ABOUT BEING LOST. THEY MIGHT BE HARBORING SOME AS YET UNASKED QUESTIONS…WONDERING WHO THEY MIGHT TALK TO THAT THEY CAN COUNT ON FOR TRUTH. THEY ARE WATCHING FOR SOMEONE WHO SEEMS SINCERE IN THEIR FAITH. MAYBE THEY WILL WATCH AND WAIT FOR YEARS…BUT SOMETIME…SOME GLORIOUS TIME…SOME PRESSURE…SOME CHALLENGE OF LIFE…SOME HEARTACHE OR STRESSING TRIAL…WHO KNOWS WHAT GOD MAY USE TO BRING THEM TO YOU? THE GLORY OF BEING A BRIDGE TO ALLOW OTHERS TO CROSS OVER ON THEIR WAY TO JESUS…THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT, IS THERE? TO HAVE EVEN A SMALL PART…TO HAVE SPOKEN BUT A WORD…TO HAVE BEEN IN ANY WAY A POSITIVE INFLUENCE…TO HAVE OFFERED A SIMPLE PRAYER…IT’S ALL WONDERFUL…IT’S ALL NEEDED. WE CAN DO THIS. IN FACT THERE’S NO ONE ELSE TO DO WHAT GOD WILL DO THROUGH ME…THROUGH YOU…THROUGH EACH CHRISTIAN. I WILL DO THIS. I WILL TELL THOSE NEAR ME…WHAT GREAT THINGS GOD HAS DONE FOR ME.

  3. Rex Boyles on said:

    I love the way the early disciples responded to this – “we cannot help but speak of the things that we have seen and heard”.

    In the last few years of my life … I have become convinced that just telling my story – of what great things the Lord has done for me – opens doors to people and opens their hearts to the Lord. Of course, when I tell my story … I have to be honest and tell it all. If I want them to see His grace … I must admit what I deserved. If I want them to see His glory … I must admit my own shame. If I want them to see power … I must expose my weakness.

    Once the door is opened … there is no better story … than the story of Jesus. And I love to tell the Story …

    p.s. I love to hear you tell the Story … my beloved friend.

    NOBODY…AND I MEAN THAT LITERALLY…NOBODY TELLS “THE” STORY BETTER THAN YOU. IT IS AN AMAZING QUALITY OF OUR GOD THAT HE MAKES EACH OF US UNIQUE. AND, IT SEEMS TO ME, THAT SOME ARE MORE “UNIQUE” THAN OTHERS. AND, WHILE I KNOW THAT WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY DOESN’T HOLD MUCH WEIGHT WITH YOU (AND THAT’S SIMPLY ANOTHER INDICATION OF THE TRUTH OF WHAT I’M ABOUT TO SAY), YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE WHO ARE MORE “UNIQUE.” IT IS, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, RARE TO SEE A GIFTED PERSON WHO PUTS THEIR GIFTS TO WORK IN SUCH A DISCIPLINED AND DILIGENT WAY WITH SUCH A CHRISTLIKE SPIRIT. ALL OF THIS, IS TRUE OF YOU. I’VE BEEN AROUND…AND YOU’LL JUST HAVE TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT…THEY ARE RARE WHO SO LOVE THE LORD, HIS WORD, HIS PEOPLE, AND THE LOST, THAT THEY SPEND THEMSELVES PRODIGALLY…RISING EARLY, RETIRING LATE, DISCOUNTING ANY SACRIFICES AS INSIGNIFICANT, REJOICING AND BEING ENERGIZED TO SEE THOSE “AHA” MOMENTS OCCUR IN THE LIFE OF EACH ONE WHO BECOMES A STUDENT OF THE WORD AT THEIR FEET…AND THIS SERVICE IS NOT EXCEPTIONAL FOR THEM…IT IS USUAL. THEY HAVE BEEN PRUNED BY THE VINEYARD OWNER. THEY BEAR MUCH FRUIT. THEY BRING HIM GLORY. AND THIS IS ENOUGH FOR THEM. HOW I LOVE YOU! HOW I THANK GOD FOR YOU!

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