In Mark 5 we come across an interesting encounter between Jesus and a demon possessed man. Mark writes that Jesus gets into a boat and goes on to the other side of the lake. As soon as He gets to the other side, He is approached by a man that Mark describes this way “He lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain, for he had often been bound with shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.” (Mark 5:3-5 ESV)
So Jesus casts the demons out of this man and heals him. After He does this, Jesus gets back into the boat, but right before He leaves, the man comes up to Him and this is what happens “As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and everyone marveled.” (Mark 5:18-20 ESV)
It’s very interesting that Jesus denies this man from getting into the boat and following after Him, but instead tells him to “Go Home.” Why would Jesus call the disciples to follow after Him and allow many others to be with Him, but not allow this man?
I believe this is because God wants to point out to us that, though some of us are called to go on the foreign mission field, many of us are called to be a witness right where we are at. Most of us are not going to go to another continent or country to preach the Gospel, but we are to be a witness to the people we come in contact with everyday. You have been placed by God and equipped with everything you need to reach the ones around you. You have been put on an assignment. You are God’s ambassador. Your job is your mission field. Your school is your mission field. Your neighborhood is your mission field. God has called you to reach the guy in the cubicle next to you. God has called you to be a witness to the girl that sits in the desk next to you during 5th period. God has placed you in your neighborhood to minister to the family that lives across the street.
So next time you are at your work, remember the words of Jesus “Go Home.” The next time your sitting at your desk at school, remember “Go Home.” When you are walking around your neighborhood and you run into the family next door, “Go Home.” Wherever, whenever, and however you come across the people in your life remember Jesus has called you to “Go Home.”