Do you have a story of salvation to share? You might think, “Oh, my story is nothing or not as exciting as ________is.” It doesn’t matter if you lived with the most hatred in you heart and evil deeds towards your fellow man or you seem to be a pretty good person; God says, “all our righteousness is as filthy rags,” Isa. 64:6; and “There is none righteous, no not one” Rom. 3:10. We are all the same. That’s why we ALL need Jesus. Everyone need to be saved and is saved in the same way, “For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourself. It is a gift of God. ” Eph. 2:8.
None of our stories compare to that of the demoniac in Luke 8:26-39. Yet, I want to do just that–compare him to us!
What was his life like when we find him?
He was filled with demons, naked, bound with chains and shackles and hiding among the tombs. He was a slave to Satan and sin.
What was our life like before Christ?
We were bound by Satan’s chains and held in the grip of sin and the world, trying to hide from God. But, oh, wait; we are naked before Him. He knows all about us, all about our sin.
What happened when he met Jesus?
The demons were cast out (they entered a herd of swine and drowned in a lake). He was no longer in bondage. His life is new, he is clothed (not naked), he is in his right mind, He is sitting at the feet of Jesus no longer in chains and shackles.
What happened when we “met” Jesus?
Our sins were forgiven (we are no longer in bondage, God remembers our sins no more, they are cast in the deepest sea!) We were clothed in garments of righteousness, we now have the mind of Christ, and we sit at His feet as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Him through His word.
So, as this demoniac was healed (lit. saved), we,too, are saved and as he returned to his home and proclaimed to the whole city all that Jesus had done for him, shouldn’t we also do the same after all He has done for us?
I don’t know about you, but I will ever look at this story in the same way because IT’S OUR STORY, TOO.