Powered by 4 - June 19, 2014

Jesus vs. Legion

today's reading.
Luke 8:26-39

the blog.
Some of you know Tami is doing ministry work in the Philippines right now, and because of the unpredictable nature of the internet there, we'll be featuring guest bloggers for a few days until Tami is back. Today's blog is written by Topher, one of our writers for goTandem. Enjoy! 

It's hard not to feel sympathy for this man. He was seen as a threat to society and to himself, and as much as everyone tried, they just couldn't fix him. He'd go running off into the desert again, broken and bleeding and still full of demons. Then Jesus comes along--as Jesus tends to do--and the demons start trembling. They know who Jesus is. They're not big fans. But they basically beg for their lives, and when they're cast out they slaughter a herd of pigs. 

But this isn't the interesting part of the story. What's really fascinating is Jesus' interaction with this man. First, everyone who saw it is now terrified and they want Jesus gone. I mean, who is this man who can command demons, right? And then, this guy starts following Jesus everywhere, begging to be allowed to follow him, and why shouldn't Jesus let him follow? It'd be amazing PR. Come see Jesus and the guy Jesus kicked demons out of. It'd be a great crowd draw, but instead, Jesus tells this guy to go home and tell others what God has done for him. Not go and tell everyone that my name is Jesus and I cast out demons, but go tell everyone what God has done. And that's an amazing thing.

Is it ok to look for credit when we do things for God? How can we constantly put Jesus first in our lives? Topher

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