Today's verses are Mark 5:16,17: "And those who had seen it described to them what had happened to the demon-possessed man and to the pigs. And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their region." The witnesses to the deliverance of the Gerasene demoniac described to the other townspeople how Jesus delivered the man and how the demons went into the pigs. We can only imagine how expressive their words and gestures were as they described this supernatural, power encounter.
What was the response of the townspeople? One would think that they would have been excitedly overjoyed with one of their fellow citizens now free from demonic oppression. One would think they would have been grateful that one of their own was now free from pain and sitting among them with a sound mind.
But they weren't. They demanded Jesus immediately leave the village.
Why? Because of money! The pigs represented a livelihood. It was a way they made money. Jesus threatened their finances. They wanted him gone. They chose profit over Jesus. They chose money over the presence of the Lord God of the universe.
In Matthew 6:24, Jesus said you cannot love God and money. He didn't say it was difficult but impossible. You can't have two bosses. You can't have two coaches. You can't have two gods in your life. One will always place the other in subservience.
What about you? Is God God in your life? Or is money your god? If you have to choose between following Jesus or money, which do you choose?
Allow the Holy Spirit to do a heart check today. It's a very important question to answer.