You know, this thing happens when you’ve been a follower of Christ for awhile. The ZING from salvation feels like it’s wearing off (sort of being choked out by the weeds – Mark 4).
So how do we return to desiring God? How do we reset our focus back to our first love?
There are many answers to that question, but I noticed one while reading Mark 5.
In this chapter, there is a man who is so possessed by demons that he cannot even be chained up (or he will rip through the chains). So the people just cast him out to some desolate land where he can live like only a crazy man can.
Until Jesus. The God Man gets out of a boat on His way to more healing and preaching.
And it says this demon possessed man “when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him” (v. 6).
Watch what he said:
“What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me!”
- Recognized Jesus’ deity.
- Pled for mercy.
- Asked what he was called to do.
Now, there are three big lessons right there!!!
But on the story goes – the demons are released from the man, and he goes to town where everyone is in awe of the change in his life.
As Jesus is leaving the town, the man begs to go with him. But Jesus has plans for Him to go tell his story instead (Mark 5:18-20).
The way Jesus wanted this man to serve was by sharing the testimony – his encounter with Christ! That’s the zing we’ve lost, ol’ believer.
Relive that moment. Relive it yourself and praise the Lord. Relive it with your friends and family members. Remember it like you would a joyous wedding or birth. Because it is a new birth.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV)