(Jake King, former preacher for the 26th and Connecticut congregation,
is currently the preaching minister in Seneca, Missouri. This is a recent article he wrote.)
Earlier this week, I told you about a song I learned when I was a kid, a song called “The Whippoorwill Song.” Now let me tell you about another song I learned as a kid. The song is called “Pass it on,” and it seems especially appropriate to talk about it at this time of year, since the song talks a lot about spring. Here are the lyrics:
It only takes a spark, to get a fire going, and soon all those around, can warm up to its glowing. That's how it is with God's love. Once you've experienced it, you spread His love to everyone. You want to pass it on.
Isn’t that a great song? It reminds me of a man in the Bible who experienced God’s love. He was a man who was possessed by demons. The Bible says that, “This man lived in the caves, and no one could tie him up, not even with a chain. Many times people had used chains to tie the man’s hands and feet, but he always broke them off. No one was strong enough to control him. Day and night he would wander around the burial caves and on the hills, screaming and cutting himself with stones” (Mark 5:3-5 NCV). Sounds like a terrible life, doesn’t it?
Well this man met Jesus. Jesus then cast the demons out of the man, and sent them into some pigs. The pigs then rushed down a lake and drowned. The Bible says, “The men who had the work of caring for the pigs ran away. They ran to the town and to the farms and told everyone what happened. The people went out to see. They came to Jesus, and they saw the man who had the many evil spirits. He was sitting down and was wearing clothes. He was in his right mind again” (Mark 5:14-15 ERV).
And then the story ends like this: “Jesus was preparing to leave in the boat. The man who was now free from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus did not allow the man to go. He said, ‘Go home to your family and friends. Tell them about all that the Lord did for you. Tell them how the Lord was good to you.’ So the man left and told the people in the Ten Towns about the great things Jesus did for him. Everyone was amazed” (Mark 5:18-19 ERV).
Notice that this man had experienced the Lord’s love, and now he wanted to pass it on. I can just imagine him telling his family and friends: “I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that I've found. You can depend on Him. It matters not where your bound. I'll shout it from the mountain tops. I want the world to know—the Lord of love has come to me. I want to pass it on.”
And what about you and me? We should also obey the words that Jesus spoke to this man: “Go home to your family and friends. Tell them about all that the Lord did for you. Tell them how the Lord was good to you.” After all, the Lord has been good to us as well, hasn’t He? So pass it on!
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