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cropped-rose-4.gifMark 16:15, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”
Luke 8:39, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you”

Two young men had been friends from childhood. One was a born-again believer in Christ, the other was not. The second man was about to embark on a long ocean voyage, and the believer felt the urge to speak to him about Christ before he left. “I’ll do it on the way to the dock,” he promised himself. However, when they reached the dock, he still hadn’t done so.

He went on board to say goodbye, and thought, “When we bring the baggage to his room, I’ll speak to him.” But the porter took the trunks and suitcases, so they did not visit the staterooms. Finally he said to himself, “I’ll be sure to witness to him in some quiet place before the ship departs.” Suddenly, there came the announcement that all visitors must leave. Two months later word came that the man had died overseas.

In Luke’s gospel, we read of a man possessed by many demons who had been wonderfully restored by Jesus. In gratitude to the Lord he wanted to stay with Him to worship Him (Luke 8:38). But Jesus said, “Return to your own house, and tell what great things God has done for you”. Will you apply Jesus’ words to your life and tell someone of His grace and salvation – beginning at home? Don’t put it off. Tell someone now about Jesus!

Closing illustration:

Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to purchase it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the beautiful instrument.

However, to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. “Could I play the violin once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked.

Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector’s emotions were deeply stirred. “I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it.”

We are to take God’s message of salvation to a lost world. To sinners saved by grace, the gospel is like the rapturous harmonies of heaven. We have no right to keep it to ourselves. Jesus tells us to take it out into the world, and let it be heard.

I’ll tell the world how Jesus saved me
And how He gave me a life brand new;
And I know that if you trust Him
That all He gave me He’ll give to you. – Fox

Someone told you about Christ. Have you told anyone lately?