The Bible records countless times crowds gathered around Jesus, and times when individuals came to learn from him and to be healed by him. How did they know to show up? They didn’t read a post about Jesus that went viral on social media. Jesus didn’t have flyers up in the local coffee shop. They likely showed up because someone they knew shared their story.
Mark 1:21-28 tells the story of Jesus, early in his ministry, teaching on the sabbath in Capernaum. There he encounters a man with an unclean spirit, which Jesus banishes from the man. Verse 28 says, “At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.” Jesus’ fame spread because the people who had gathered that day in the synagogue shared the good news of the teacher, of the healer, they had encountered. As a result, the people around them wanted to encounter Jesus too.
By simply sharing our stories, we participate in the plan of God. To whom do you sense God calling you to share your faith story today?
This message is excerpted from “Sharing our stories” by Tiffany C. Chaney from the December 4, 2017, Cafe online magazine faith reflection. Today we commemorate Mark, the Evangelist.
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