What Jesus Did! 'Fear of Change' — Mark 5:16-17

Friday, March 25, 2016

Some people were there and saw what Jesus did. These people told the other people what happened to the man that had the demons living in him. And they also told about the pigs. Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their area.
— Mark 5:16-17 NLT
Illustration of Mark 5:16-17 NLT —  Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their area.

Key Thought

Most folks are afraid of change and anyone who has the power to change them. Because the crowd couldn't explain how Jesus had power over the man possessed by a legion of demons, they were afraid and they asked him to leave. Unfortunately, we often do the same thing. Not so much by overtly saying to Jesus, "Please leave me alone." No, we do it by ignoring his presence, staying away from his Word, and associating with people who help drown out the voice of Jesus in our hearts. Please, don't turn Jesus away. Don't ask him to leave. Draw near to him. Seek him. Follow him. And anticipate what he can do in your life!

Today's Prayer

Sovereign God of all creation, please make me more aware of the nearness of Jesus. Help me to see the changes he is making in my heart and in my life each day. I ask this in his name, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philippians 4:4-5
  • 1 Timothy 4:15-16
  • Hebrews 10:19-25


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.