Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, December 25th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 40)
Write Nobody Off
They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. When He got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, and he had his dwelling among the tombs. And no one was able to bind him anymore, even with a chain; because he had often been bound with shackles and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him and the shackles broken in pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue him. Constantly, night and day, he was screaming among the tombs and in the mountains, and gashing himself with stones.

Mark 5:1-5 (NASB)*
And who had not put on any clothing for a long time...

Luke 8:27 (NASB)*
Imagine a naked lunatic who is roaming around a graveyard. He's filthy, bloody and violent. He screams crazy talk around the clock. People tried to tie him down with chains, but he's supernaturally strong and broke through them as if they were clay. The best they can do is avoid him.

Somehow, the man possessed by demons runs to Jesus and falls at His Feet. The King of kings does not ignore him. He sees a man sorely afflicted. As was this King's habit, He helped him. Jesus cast thousands of bad spirits into a herd of swine, who soon died. The man was restored to his right mind.

Instead of joy for the rescued man, the townspeople grieved for their lost pigs. So they asked Jesus to leave their town. Since they had written off a man's life, Jesus wrote them out of His playbook.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: do-gooders do good for everyone. Even demon-possessed lunatics. Even deplorable castaways. Even dirty-mouthed celebrities. Even mostly-naked seducers. Even scarred and bloodied refugees. Even the disgracefully employed.

Among them are people just dying to throw themselves at the Feet of Christ. Didn't God call you His Hands and Feet? So don't side with church indifference--nor agree with church condemnation.

To Be Continued...

* The Story as told by Mark:

* The Story as told by Luke:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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