And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.”
It’s not surprising that he wanted to get in the boat with Jesus. A demonic spirit had enslaved him only moments before (Mark 5:1-13) and it was Christ who had set him free. He probably couldn’t even remember the last time he was able to leave the tombs this spirit bound him to so tightly. Christ didn’t allow him into the boat though; this wasn’t the reason that He had set the man free. Rather, His purpose was that the man might, “Go home to [his] people and report to them what great things the Lord [had] done for [him], and how He had mercy on [Him].”
Many Christians make the same mistake as this man did two thousand years ago. We are grateful for the changed life Christ gave us through His death and resurrection, but our fist priority is rarely to pass that gift along. We drop friendships with unbelievers and avoid them like they’re somehow inferior to us. Church becomes a glorified social club and the message of Christ, that was so graciously shared with you, is now withheld from friends, family, and strangers. This is not the will of Christ. His desire is that you would go back to your people, to your friends and your family, and tell them the great and mighty things the Lord has done in your life. He has delivered you from your bondage and you should be taking every opportunity to tell people of His great mercy.