THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
THE FIRST MISSIONARY
Today’s gospel: Mark 5:1-20
Who was the first missionary? It might surprise you, but it
was the Gerasene demoniac. Healed by Jesus, “the man
went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what Jesus
had done for him” (v.20a).
demoniac “had an unclean spirit” (v.2b). No, that
is too mild. He was infested with unclean spirits! One of
these said to Jesus, “Legion is my name. There are many
of us.” (v.9b). How terrifying! The demoniac was also
an outcast from society, and “had been dwelling among
the tombs” (v.3a). Not a person you would invite to
the demoniac had a life-changing encounter with Jesus. It
caused a 180-degree turn. He was transformed from being filthy
and bruised to “sitting there clothed and in his right
mind.” (v.15b). What does this say to us? If God can
use a person such as the Gerasene demoniac, then God can certainly
use any of us.
what is needed to become a missionary for Christ? Is it holiness?
Is it great knowledge of the Bible? Is it wide secular influence
on others? It is none of those (though those can be helpful).
It happens simply by the grace of God and the anointing of
Jesus, be transformed by him, and then “go home to your
family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity
has done for you.” (v.19b).