What's your headline?

Aug. 18, 2008

by Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly of God, Cokato

We all love the headlines. Whether it’s the local news on the television or this newspaper, headlines are important to us.

We rely on headlines to give us the most important news of the day. You probably at least scanned them before going any further into the paper today.

We too, make headlines every day. If your life was a newspaper, what would your headline be?

Would it be a conflict that you helped to resolve, or a fight with your spouse or children (or parent)? Would it involve others around you that you have invested in this week, or others that you have condemned?

What place would the Lord have in your newspaper? Would He be front page, above the fold, or would He be stuck with the want ads?

In the Bible, there is an individual whose headline is clear – the demoniac of Gadarenes. His experience with the Savior left him in a state of total liberty, free from the possession of an evil force that had ruled his life relentlessly.

His first reaction following his release was to follow Jesus, but Jesus had something different for him. He asked him to declare the headline of his life.

Read the discourse from Mark, chapter 5, “And when He got into the boat, he who had been demon-possessed begged Him that he might be with Him. However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.’’

This one-time demoniac, whose headline used to be “Naked man who cannot be restrained, lives in tombs,” is now, “Man once demon possessed, freed by Jesus of Nazareth.” He now had a new story to tell.

He was able to glorify the Son of God because of the miracle in his life. Declaring the new headline of his life not only gave glory to the Lord, but it also reaffirmed the love that the Savior had for this man.

God wishes that each of us would include Him in the headlines of our lives. Paul told the Corinthians, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Cor. 2:2). If we keep this thought in the forefront of our heart, it encourages us to put the Lord first, not just once, but always.

Since the Lord has done so much for us, shouldn’t we do as the demoniac and tell others about His “great deeds” in us?