THE MISSION DEFINED
Luk 8:26 So they sailed over to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
Luk 8:27 As Jesus stepped ashore, some man from the town met him who was possessed by demons. For a long time this man had worn no clothes and had not lived in a house, but lived among the tombs.
Luk 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and shouted with a loud voice, “Leave me alone, Jesus, Son of the Most High God! I beg you, do not torment me!”
Luk 8:29 Because Jesus had started commanding the evil spirit to come out of the man. (Because it had seized him many times, so he had to be bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard. But he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into isolated places.)
leave me alone (part one)
This poor man was a victim, and everyone feared him. But at the heart of his problem was an irrational fear of everyone else — including Jesus. He preferred to live out away from the population, among the silent tombs. The demons had driven him into isolated places.
There are many today who are afraid of contact with others. The Adversary of their souls has taken them into bondage, and keeps them from the fellowship and love of those who would restore their sanity. Our mission, as Christians, is to break the bondage and restore these enslaved souls to freedom again.
LORD, give us the courage to love people away from their loneliness.