God is ready. Are you ready? Are you prepared for Jesus to use you?
The madman of the Gaderenes was an individual no one wanted to associate with (Mark 5:1-20). But when he came to Jesus, everything changed. His appearance changed from nakedness to fully dressed (Mark 5:15). Immediately, the regenerated man learned from the Lord’s teaching. In about an hour of conversation, his priorities changed. The new convert listened to Jesus when the townspeople came and requested the miracle working Lord to leave. Some even begged the Lord to do so.
Jesus, realizing the crowd didn’t want to hear the gospel, got up to leave. Only the redeemed man in the area wanted to go with Jesus across the Sea of Galilee. The scriptures record the words earnestly begged, indicating the man’s changed heart. The Lord gave the newly redeemed a mission. “Go home; tell them what the Lord has done for you.” The man of the Gaderenes began to talk about his new life to others.
Notice: make a note! The man was untrained. He never attended the school of theology nor any House of God. He obeyed Jesus’ instructions to go and tell. All who heard of his changed life were amazed. The audience noticed his change and boldness in speaking of the Lord’s goodness.
If an ex-maniac can proclaim the Lord’s goodness, why can’t we? There was no Bible in his hand, nor did he have diplomas on the cave wall. All he possessed was a changed heart. Mark 5:20 mentions the term Decapolis. That was a name designating ten cities in the area. One changed man ventured to tell his story of redemption to ten different cities. What could we do with his determination?