Bread – Declare

October 13, 2014


Readings for Monday, October 13, 2014, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Micah 7:1-7; Acts 26:1-23; Luke 8:26-39; Psalms 1,2,3,4,7

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The Gospel of Luke today informs us about Jesus’ encounter with the man possessed by many demons, whose name was “Legion.” This is the event where Jesus told the demons to leave the man, but they begged Him to let them go into the herd of pigs, which He did. The pigs then ran into the lake and drowned. The people were afraid of this great work of God in their midst, and asked Jesus to please leave. The man who was healed of demons instead asked Jesus whether the man could stay with Him. Jesus’ response was to the point – “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” Luke 8:39.

There was a great miracle performed in this man’s life by God, Jesus Christ, the Messiah. And notice that there were three reactions by the people involved.

The first reaction was the one we see today in secular society about how they deal with Christians — “Please go away and take your Christ, Holy Spirit, prayers, blessings, miracles, hope, and love with you. We don’t understand who or what you are and we don’t want to. Thinking about the things of God and Jesus Christ give us a headache.”

The second reaction is that of the man who, after being healed, clung to Jesus. We have seen people like this and maybe we have been or are one ourselves. Our desire is to hold on tight, not let go, sit under the wings of God, lay in His rest, soak up His blessings, be with Him all the time. We might think of this as being on the mountaintop.

But Jesus did not let the man stay there and He will not let us stay there. He said to the man, “Go home.” Go to where you live, work, and play. Go to your family. Go to the familiar. Go into the world.

And, once you are home, remember the good works which Jesus has done in your life (He is the one who throws out the demons so that the man may come to understand what is real and Who is God).

And “declare how much God has done for you.” Declare, speak out, pronounce, explain, tell, state. To whom? To those at home, in your neighborhood, in your workplace, in your various groups and among your friends. What about? “How much God has done for you.”

How much has God done for you?

Are you declaring it?

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© 2014 GBF

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