18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him.19 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.”20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolist how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:18-20
Today’s reading is on the demon-possessed man who had a ton of demons in him that Jesus healed. Jesus sent the demons into a bunch of pigs that decided to commit suicide. The last 3 verses pointed out something I already knew and have talked about in previous blogs. That is if you are healed, delivered, saved and overcome something, don’t keep it a secret. Don’t worry about what other people will think about you. People will always have their opinions of who you are. Worry more about what Jesus thinks of you and what you do with the blessing He has given you. Remember as James says a double mined man is unstable in all he does. What makes him unstable is he is living a double life. We need to be what we are at church all the time. You can’t just turn the switch on and off. God wants us to be real with Him. This guy was so thankful that he wanted to go with Jesus. Jesus didn’t let him go with Him because He knew that the guy’s God given destiny was to share his healing with that town. That town did not want Jesus anyway because He scared them with finally fixing a problem they had for years, the demon possessed man. Jesus cannot and will not use the direct method on everyone to have them come to Him. He uses people that have been broken to spread the light to others. So as Jesus told the demon possessed man what to do, we should do as he did.