Following the Call

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Reading
Numbers 9-11; Mark 5:1-20


18 While he was climbing into the boat, the one who had been demon-possessed pleaded with Jesus to let him come along as one of his disciples. 19 But Jesus wouldn’t allow it. “Go home to your own people,” Jesus said, “and tell them what the Lord has done for you and how he has shown you mercy.” 20 The man went away and began to proclaim in the Ten Cities all that Jesus had done for him, and everyone was amazed (Mark 5:18-20, Common English Bible).

Martin Luther was one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation in the 1500s. Earlier, before leading the Reformation, Luther was a college student, following his father’s wishes to become a lawyer.

Luther was traveling by horseback, back to school from his family home. During the journey, Luther encountered a fierce storm. It was a storm so fierce, it scared Luther to his core. He was so frightened he made the kind of promise to God many make under similar circumstances. Luther prayed to God, “If you get me out of this storm alive, I will become a priest.” When Luther did indeed survive, he took it as a sign that God wanted him to become a priest. Much to his father’s dismay, Luther dropped out of law school to enter seminary. The rest, as they say is history.

In today’s lesson, Jesus has evicted a bunch of evil spirits from a “possessed” man and sends them to the pigs and they run off a cliff. When the man, now freed of the evil spirits that controlled his life (some argue the spirits in the man was actually a form of mental illness.

The man is so relieved, when Jesus leaves the crowds and get into a boat, the man wants to become one of his disciples (who can blame him for wanting the ongoing contact with Jesus?. Jesus then says no.  The man would have to serve in another way.

It could make us wonder why Jesus would say no to this man. I think it wasn’t so much that Jesus didn’t want the man to be a disciple, he didn’t want the man to be one of the twelve. Jesus needed him to be a disciple where he was. Think about it. Everyone knew what this man was like. Now Jesus healed him and that changed everything. Jesus needed this man to stay and share how Jesus changed his life with as many people as possible.

This man had a very real story to tell and its greatest impact wouldn’t come from this guy traveling around as one of the twelve. People needed to hear his story and how it pointed back to Jesus.

I feel certain the man was disappointed. I am sure he thought Jesus was making a mistake. I don’t think it would be very long before this man realized what Jesus did and its impact on his hometown.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “Following the Call

  1. Great post, thanks for sharing!

    I really like this story, how great it would be to know what happened next with this guy. The theory about mental illness, I am wondering if he got it from being ill treated?

    Would of been awesome to see the reactions of the people that knew him when he wasn’t in his right mind.

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