Accepting Change

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 in Luke, New Testament
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Luke 8:34-37
When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid. Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

In the midst of the many miracles that took place, this was sitting out like a sore thumb. There was such a wonderful record of healing of the demon-possessed man and why would anyone in their right mind have an issue with it? This was the hope of millions that someone who was so severely written off, who had no control over his life and death would be one day considered normal. Can you imagine reformed serial murderers? Is that even acceptable in our society? Once condemned, we cannot seem to accept something as a new creation and therefore change of this sort seems ridiculous. Do you agree? Do you think that Jesus is talking to us through this terribly broken situation?

In my few years of walking around consciously after being saved, I have met some people whose transformation from sinful to sinfree was astounding. I’ve heard and met terrorists who are saved and reformed, drug addicts who are no longer addicted to drugs but to the service of the Lord, felons who have turned a completely new leaf and more and it sounds fascinating but would you be willing to befriend them if you knew their background? Would you be willing to let your kids be around them? This passage talks about how the people of the land wanted nothing to do with Jesus because they were not able to accept the change. This transformation was too much for their human, devil-centered hearts to accept and they were more concerned about looking livestock than wanting change of hearts themselves. We are so caught up justifying ourselves and thinking about the specks in other’s eyes that we forget the plank in ours. Have you been transformed from sinfulness to being a new creation in Christ? Are you accepting of sinners saved by Christ?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Comments
  1. Anil Veeraraj says:

    I like this one. Good study. Asks some very pointed and challenging questions and I was convicted by some of them myself. As human nature goes, we tend to sometimes be self righteous and I had to be honest and admit to myself that I have been guilty of it many a time. How easy it seems to pass judgement on others and then fail to accept them once they may have been brought into fellowship with God. It’s almost like negating God’s miraculous transformation in another person’s life. Who are we to question God’s handiwork, his life changing forgiveness and saving grace by which he brought us into his family to call his own in the first place.

    God bless you all and thank you. ………. Anil.

  2. ServantBoy says:

    Hi Anil! You are not the only one. I have been guilty of that and today I was also reminded never to judge others. I pray you will be blessed with your new found sight!

  3. Alice says:

    I’ll for sure keep this in mind. Thanks for the verse! Sometimes change is hard, but I know with such a just and Loving God, that whatever He does is what’s best. Even if it doesn’t seem best at first, it is a perfect judgement made from a perfect God.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Alice,
      I have lived 33 long years and can clearly see the difference living by God’s grace and without it when I consider my own life. God does not promise us a bed of rose petals but guarantees us a place in heaven with Him and to reach that wonderful place, we need to get equipped for life eternal through the training course called life. I pray that we will be encouraged and encourage others as we find our joy and hope in Jesus.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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