Luke 8:22-39

Up to this point, Jesus had shown his power over death and disease but now Jesus takes on natural and supernatural forces. We see Jesus walking on the water, calming the wind and the waves, and casting out a legion of demons in the region of Gerasenes.  Jesus is demonstrating that his power is not just reserved for the everyday situations of life, but that he has authority over everything in the physical and spiritual world.

One of the things that is incredibly surprising in this story is the statement Jesus himself makes when the man asks to go with him. Jesus simply tells him to “return home, and tell how much God has done for you.” There was no one to disciple him, no one to teach him, no books to read, no podcasts to listen to. Imagine being the only believer in an entire region. Although he probably had no teacher, we know that the man led many to faith in Christ through his story because church history tells us that Christ- followers came from this region.  This nameless man did his job by telling what Christ had done for him.

Do you know the power of your faith story? It is a story that is worthy to be told. It’s a story that is unique to you. God desires to use your story as part of His story. “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light” (Luke 8:16).

Let your story shine in the darkness!