As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
When we obey and answer the call, we will find that there are people related to us who will experience deliverance in many areas of their lives.
God calls us to some people who are connected to us, people we know or will know during our walk of obedience.
Let’s see what Jesus says in Mark 5: “Go home to your own people.” The Greek text renders those words as OIKOS, that is: “the sphere of influence.” Oikos indicates all the people you can reach, those connected to you. God calls you to your oikos!
Some people get discouraged when they don’t immediately see the fruit – but you aren’t necessarily the one who has to see it!
Scripture doesn’t state that when the formerly possessed man testified across the Decapolis (the ten cities) what Jesus had done for him, people immediately converted. But the book of Acts says that there was a great revival in the Decapolis area. And you know why? Because someone had sown before!
The Bible says that you will harvest where others have sown and plant where others will gather. We are called to sow!
Maybe not everyone is called to be on a pulpit, but we are all unquestionably called to our oikos.
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
What is your purpose? To seek and save those who are still lost. Our job is not to form a club, but we are called to empty the hell!
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Here too, the Greek word for “your household” is oikos.
It’s a twofold calling. God calls you to your oikos, but, at the same time, your oikos is calling you. Answer your twofold call today!