How much do you value earthly wealth?
28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.
Jesus is Sovereign
Last Sunday during the worship service, we talked about Matthew 8:28-31 where two demon-possessed men became extremely violent that no one could stop them. What’s interesting is how they dealt with Jesus. These demons acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God (v.29). They recognized His sovereignty over them. They knew that Jesus has the last say.
Wealth/Business vs. Jesus
What’s even more interesting is how the people in that region reacted to how Jesus handled the situation. Jesus drove out the demons and were sent to the herd of pigs. The thing is the herd of pigs died in the water. That drove the people crazy. Their business was in chaos. Their pigs were gone!
Since some pigs had died already, they didn’t want to intensify the damage. What was their response? They pleaded Jesus to leave their place. They were more concerned about their pigs than the men who were possessed. They could have thanked God for saving the men. Unfortunately, they were ungrateful and did not even thank Jesus for driving the demons away. No praise for Jesus came out of their lips.
I was struck to the very core. Do I do the same? Am I more concerned about my business than God perfecting my character? Am I more concerned about earthly wealth than eternity? How you go about your day tells a lot about who you are for. Are you for eternity or working towards the temporary?
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