Scripture: Mark 5:6 When (the demon-possessed man) saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and bowed down before him.. “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 He begged Jesus earnestly not to send them out of the country…“Send us into the swine; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea. 14 The swineherds ran off and told it in the city and in the country… 17 Then they began to beg Jesus to leave their neighborhood.
Observation: Today we celebrate this story of Jesus’ triumph over the forces of evil tormenting a man – as well we should. However, most of the people present at the time didn’t celebrate. There was a cost associated with this miracle. The loss of 2,000 swine, which would have had a monumental value in the ancient world.
When there is the potential for a great work of God, there is often a great cost that comes with it.
Application: This principal is true for you and me as well. At the church I lead, we often say “every kairos comes with a cross”. A “kairos” is a “time” in life when we might embrace the Kingdom of God more deeply. It’s a fork in the road that leads us closer to God and his preferred future for us. However, standing in the middle of the road is always a cross – something we must embrace or endure that is difficult.
Too often we step back from the opportunity of kairos because we fear the cross.
Jesus said it this way, “The one who seeks to save his life will lose it.” We are all hard-wired to seek self-preservation first, so resisting the cross is completely normal. However, we’ll never realize the new life Jesus has come to give us without over-riding this impulse and embracing the cross. Some questions:
- What is the “kairos” staring at you in this season of life?
- What opportunity does this kairos present to you?
- What is the cross that comes with this opportunity?
- What would it look like for you to overcome your fear and embrace the cross?
Prayer: Gracious God, the cross is hard. Always has been. Always will be. Give us grace to embrace the crosses of life and live into the Kingdom possibilities you place before us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.