When Jesus freed this man of thousands of demons, he told him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” The Lord calls us to minister to those in our existing network of connections and relationships. God has called and gifted every disciple of Christ to use their time, treasure, and talent to share the Good News with those within their life circles, their unique family, friends, and associates. If every believer were to pray, communicate, and share the Good News with those in their own circle, we could touch millions more people with the Gospel.
When everyone heard about the pigs drowning and saw the wild man clothed and in his right mind, they asked Jesus to leave. It might seem like a strange response, but the sort of power and authority he exhibited is terrifying. If he can do that, what else can he do? In truth anything we cannot control scares us. We cannot control Jesus, but we trust his goodness.
Almighty Lord, you are good, and your mercy endures forever. We trust you.
There was no coaxing on the Day of Pentecost. Instead, those with whom the Spirit was at work came to Peter and to the rest and cried, “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The use of tricks and traps indicates that a man is substituting his methods for the divine program.
~ Roy J. Fish and J. E. Conant, Every Member Evangelism for Today. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 1976. p. 66.
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