Gain and Loss

Then they began to beg Him to leave their region. – Mark 5:17
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When Jesus “allowed” the demons to leave the possessed man in Gadara (read the text … He first told them to come out and then they begged him to let them leave. There can be no doubt who was in control!), the people of the town were negatively affected by the loss of 2,000 swine. It seems that while Jesus had alleviated the problem of a lunatic running wild, he had also created another problem by initiating an economic disaster. One man gained his life, but a town lost its pigs.
When Jesus enters a person’s life, things change. In order for someone to have all of Him, Jesus must simply have all of him. In the face of Jesus’ true presence, the parts of a person’s life that are not necessary must be abandoned and activities that are not useful to His Kingdom must stop. Even those persons who are vitally connected by relationships or geography will feel the aftershocks of change that a life with Christ creates.
With Jesus, there is much to gain, but there will also be loss. Some can accept this and follow, but others will almost always beg Him to leave.
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. – Thomas Aquinas

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