18As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”20So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. – Mark 5
So get this. Jesus heals a guy. His world is rocked. He decides to leave everything and follow Jesus. What could be better? He wanted to spend time with the one who healed him. Instead of making room for him in the boat, Jesus commands this guy not to follow him.
What? Isn’t that backwards? I though we were supposed to spend all our time with Jesus?
Jesus evidently had something else in mind. He gave this guy clear instructions: Tell the people (1) how much the Lord had done for you and (2) how he had mercy on you.
The emphasis is not on the hanging out with Jesus, but spreading the word. I would do well to do the same. Is it possible to spend too much time with Jesus? Can we get so enamored with being with God that we don’t share what we know?
What do you think? Would God rather have us spend time with him or tell others about him?