We all know the story of the man who had a legion of demons who Jesus healed. If you don’t know the story then read his story in Mark 5:1-20. I would like to focus on one part of the story and that is the part when he got healed. Jesus casts legion out into the pigs and the people nearby freak out and tell the town what has happened. They all go and see what has taken place and see the demon possessed man in his right mind and clothed.
At first the people are in awe then they get upset and ask Jesus to leave! Crazy right!!
Anyway Jesus is about to leave and the man who has been healed by Jesus begs to go with Him but Jesus refuses!!
This is what I want to focus on. Why did Jesus refuse? Didn’t He love this man. This man could off being a great addition to the disciples. His testimony was great but Jesus said no?! This is the what the scripture says,
“but Jesus refused to permit him, but said to him, Go home to your own [family and relatives and friends] and bring back word to them how much the Lord has done for you, and [how He has] had sympathy for you and mercy on you.
And he departed and began to publicly proclaim in Decapolis [the region of the ten cities] how much Jesus had done for him, and all the people were astonished and marveled. Mark 5:19,20 (Amplified)
Jesus loved the man and Jesus loves us but He wants us to be lights in the world. That is very important to Him. You are were you are to be a light. It may be hard and difficult but Christ wants us to be His hands and feet. As we can see, the demon possessed man did great things for Christ! We are also called to do great things for Christ. His heart is for the people whom He created! Do we have that same heart?
Are you passionate about people? Let us be the light that shines brightly for everyone to see!
Awesome illustration here Rolain! I hadn’t thought of it like that before, but it’s so true. I love how Jesus so often did (and does) the unexpected. Instead of giving the man what he asked for at the time, he commissioned him to shine his light in other ways. A great reminder that Jesus always knows what’s best and has a plan for us that exceeds what we might want in the present moment.
Thanks for the comment. Jesus does have a plan and He knows what is best for us. So true. We just ask Him for help as we shine for Him.