And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. And behold, they cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many pigs was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, saying, “If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of pigs.” And he said to them, “Go.” So they came out and went into the pigs, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the waters. The herdsmen fled, and going into the city they told everything, especially what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, all the city came out to meet Jesus, and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.
Matthew 8:28-34 ESV
They valued the loss of their pigs more than Jesus which is shown by their asking Him to leave. They didn’t want to get to know the Messiah, and if they recognized who He was, they didn’t care. The pigs would have been a source of food, yes, but this showed that they valued their food more than Jesus. I am reminded of Matthew 6:25 and Matthew 4:4.
Turning this inward, I asked myself:
* Are there things which I mourn the loss of that I value more than Jesus?
* Are there any areas where, by my actions, I’m asking Him to leave?
*Do I care more about / value other things more than I value Jesus?
Praying this encourages and challenges.