Not so when Jesus transforms a person. That person doesn't have to do a single thing. Once Jesus gets a hold of a person He does all the work and it is instantly.
This is most obvious with Mary Magdalene. We don't know much about her life before she met Jesus. Here is what we do know from the first couple verses of Luke 8.
She was from the town of Magdala. Magdalene was defining where she came from not a last name. This was a town that was known for prostitution.
She had money that after her transformation she used to support Jesus. When you put the fact that she had money and came from Magdala she could have been a prostitute.
She was likely of a Jewish family because of her name, Mary.
She had 7 demons. Some commentators say because 7 is the number of completion it was that she was completely under the control of the demons.
We don't know how she became possessed or how they were manifested in her life.
She met Jesus somewhere along His travels. He removed the demons.
She became a follower of His.
Jesus did the work. He changed her life, forever. It was not just a life transformation but a heart transformation.
Mary clung to every word that He said. She was not a distant follower but followed Him closely so she could hear every word He said. His words gave her life, freedom and peace.
Once she started following Him she never stopped. She was with Jesus' mom when He was on the cross. Again with her on the third day to finish preparing His body for burial. Saw the angles and the empty tomb with His mom. She was not a distant follower, she ad become part of the family.
Mary's transformation meant a lot to Jesus. She was the first person that He appeared to after He had risen. He gave her the important job of telling the other disciples that He was alive and that she had seen Him.
Think about it. Why not His mom or one of the other ladies that came that morning? Would the disciples thought that His mom was just beside herself in grief if she had reported that He was alive?
What made Mary Magdalene the one to get this job of telling the good news? She could very well have been sharing the news of what Jesus had done in her life to those that came to hear her. She was a believable source because of her transformation. They all knew her and the love she had for Him, that she would not make up a story like this which would hurt the others should it be false.
Her life had been transformed and she had become a close follower of His. She was no longer enslaved to the demons but a willing servant for Jesus. He trusted her and that is all that mattered to her.
Has Jesus transformed your life completely or is there some areas that you are enslaved to?