Lessons from Luke 8:26-39 The demon possessed man
We picked out a number of lessons from these verses on Sunday. The last was a lesson about calling which is directly relevant to whole-life discipleship. We can ask for a variety of opportunities but Jesus can say 'no' and we should follow his calling not our desire. Jesus declined the request (begging) of the man for him to travel with him and commissioned him, instead, to a different role - arguably, to his everyday role back home.
We don’t hear anything more about anyone else in the in the story, but we do hear about the man who was delivered from the demons. He is not given the role he wants first of all. He wanted to leave his family, friends, and home country behind and travel with Jesus and his disciples proclaiming the kingdom of God.
But Jesus recognized that he would be a more strategic witness right there in his home country and so he told him, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.”
Of course, Jesus himself has just accepted the crowds request that he leave the area but in leaving he has also left a brand new ambassador in his place – he gives them another way to find him - he always does that for us.
For us too, it is so much easier in some ways and it is also in some ways much more exciting to live and speak for Christ among people who do not know us. But this guy wasn't called to that and right now today and tomorrow most of us aren't either.
The best application for us, surely is for – each day – to go to the shop and office and school and college and factory and road and network that we live in and be ready – willing and looking for opportunities to go and tell the people what Jesus has done for us?