Have you ever been forgotten? Perhaps an adult forgot to bring you somewhere when you were little. Maybe you heard about a party that already happened and realized people forgot to invite you. Being forgotten is a terrible feeling – it’s like the other person doesn’t value you enough to invite you, or remember to pick you up. Jesus made it a habit to seek out the forgotten — let’s read Mark 5:1-5:
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Here is a man that society forgot. He was demon-possessed; and people rejected him to the point that he was isolated—literally living out in the open by himself, without another human being around for miles. Jesus goes to him, heals him, and he is made whole. Jesus models what we need to do as believers. Not just arbitrarily come across people who may be hurting, and lost without Him; but intentionally seeking them out. Especially those without the Gospel, without the basic necessities of life, and let them know that there is a Savior who died for them, who can heal them and set them free. Pray for GI over these next few weeks as we send teams into the 10/40 window to reach the unreached.
Jonathan Haward, President & Founder