This is a condensed version of the message preached May 6, 2012 here at Faith.
First I need to answer a question that some may have. Do you have to be demon possessed, living in a graveyard and bound by man to be out of your mind?
In Luke 8:26-39, this was the case of the demoniac of Gadara, and yet the answer is “no” because the truth is that no one is in his or her right mind until we are saved and have a new mind, the mind of Christ. Eph. 2:2 tells us “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air;” Verse 3 states “Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath even as others.” The truth is we were not born with a renewed mind! We are born with a carnal mind! Romans 12:2 speaks of the “renewing of your mind.” “Renewing” means renovate. Look at Titus 3:3-6. Verse 3 shows what we were before renovation and verse 5 shows how it happened. It takes a work of God to renew our minds. We are no different than the demoniac of Luke 8 and we have the account of his life and conversion to teach us about the “right mind” and what the right mind will create in us.
- In vs. 35, he was found sitting at the feet of Jesus. Sitting at the feet indicates humility, hunger, submission, receiving instruction and learning. Acts 22:3
- In vs. 35, he was clothed, meaning he got some convictions immediately and became a “new creature.” 2 Cor. 5:17 See John 17:14,15,16 and notice believers are not of the world…We are not to allow the world to set our Godly standards. If you and I are “not of the world”, we will not want to look like we belong to the world.
- In vs. 38, he “besought Him (Jesus) that he might be with Him.” There is something terribly wrong with a person who claims to be a Christian yet doesn’t desire fellowship with the Lord. See 1 John 1:3-7. He had been in the tombs and graveyard with the dead long enough without fellowship. There is an inborn desire to fellowship with Christ and His Church in a truly “Born Again” person.
- In vs. 39, he “published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.” When you have been where he has been, bound in sin, you want everyone to know the freedom that comes with Salvation and forgiveness of sin. The word “Published” means to hearld, as in a public crier, and is also translated “preach.” He had not been to VBS, S.S., Church, Bible School or Seminary! When we get in our “Right Mind” through Salvation, some folks will accuse us of losing our mind. Look at Acts 26:24, 26 and John 10:20 “Mad in Acts 26 means “crazy” … to rave as a maniac.
Are you in your right mind? When we become true Believers, Followers of Christ, learners, separated from the world, we become the object of worldly critics, both the lost and liberal believers. Let them make fun, ridicule, cast out our name as crazy. Please read Luke 6:22-23 and rejoice. Are you in your right mind?