Have you ever been driving and have seen a cluster of large birds circling in the air. No, I don’t mean Turkey Vultures, I mean watching a mother hawk teaching her little ones how to fly.
It’s amazing to watch. While the little hawks rapidly flutter their wings to stay in the air, the momma hawk swoops down to keep them aloft. This patter will continue until each hawk is strong enough to fly on their own. What’s amazing is that in some species, like the Red-Tailed Hawk, this process begins between day 42-46. Can you imagine being 42 days old and mom coming to you saying, “alright, time to learn how to fly!”
But really there’s two things at work here:
- The mom is responsible to teach each of her little ones to fly
- The babies can’t stay in the condition they were born, they have to eventually fly
Often times when you read scripture, patterns begin to emerge that you may of not noticed before. When reading Mark 5 one of those such patterns began to emerge to me.
Here’s what I call the “Pattern of Influence” found in scripture:
- Your Family
- Your Community
- Your Church
This pattern is seen multiple times throughout scripture, in fact, if you pay close attention you’ll see this pattern emerge twice in Acts 16 alone!
Acts 16 Pattern of Influence:
- You = Lydia (v. 14)
- Your Family = Lydia’s Household (v. 15)
- Your Community = Took Care of Paul and Silas (v. 15)
- Your Church = Started a church in her home (v. 40)
- You = Philippian Jailer (v. 30)
- Your Family = The Jailers family believed (v. 32)
- Your Community = Cared for Paul and Silas (v. 34)
- Your Church = Started meeting in Lydia’s home
Mark 5 “Pattern of Influence”
So in verses 1-20 we learn the story of the Demon Possessed Man. We know through the story that he was from the area of the Gerasenes, also known as The Decapolis, or Ten Cities. The fact of where this man lived will be important when we get to Mark 7. I won’t tell you anymore then that, so you’ll have to tune back in on Thursday, August 11.
In order to see the pattern in Mark 5, we need to look at the instructions of Jesus after he heals the Demon Possessed Man.
Mark 5:18-20 (NLT) 18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him.19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.
So the instruction to the Demon Possessed Man were simple: Go home to your family, tell them what I’ve done. Unfortunately this is not what the man does. Instead, he begins to travel around the Decapolis (Ten Cities) sharing what Jesus had done for him. So the Demon Possessed Man’s Pattern of Influence looks like this:
- You = Demon Possessed Man (v. 2)
- Your Family = Instructed to back and tell his family (v. 19)
- Your Community = Travels around to the Ten Cities (v. 20)
- Your Church = Tune in on Thursday to get this part of the story!
As we’ve already discussed, there is a pattern that emerges in each of these stories; but regardless of the impact to “Your Family,” “Your Community,” and “Your Church,” it all starts with one person, “You!” The families, the community, and the churches wouldn’t have been effected if it wasn’t for the transformation of the initial person.
Realize today that it starts with you! Take what God has done in your life and share it with your family, share it with your community, and share it with your church.