Bible Reference: Luke 11:23
Translation: Good News Translation (GNT)
Bible Text: 23 “Anyone who is not for me is really against me; anyone who does not help me gather is really scattering.
OBSERVATION: In response to the question ‘Whose side are you on?’ most Christians will quickly respond ‘well of course, I’m on God’s side’. But I wonder how the response will change if asked ‘whose side will the world say that you’re on, based on your words and actions?’. Come, meditate on this small verse for a few moments with me today.
APPLICATION: Some will quickly argue that it doesn’t matter what the world thinks, you know what you believe and in whom you have placed your trust. But I want to remind all readers today, that if the world looks on and observes attitudes and outward expressions of a proclaiming Christian and they are made to question whose side we’re on, how much more will God know based on our heart, our desires, our actions behind closed doors, and our actions and words with unsaved friends? I believe that it is important that we remind ourselves that the God of this universe, is One who is everywhere and who knows everything. He is well aware of our thoughts, not just our actions and what might be shared through our lips. In this verse, Jesus reminds us that if we are not with Him in every sense of the word, then we are actually working against Him and scattering the sheep that He is trying to encourage and draw unto Himself. May I suggest that we take this opportunity to consider how badly it turns people off when we call ourselves followers of Christ, yet our lives display worldly actions, and every indication of the unsaved? When the world sees that sort of confusion, they run away from us, and from anything that we associate ourselves with. When that happens, we have scattered the sheep in a different direction than if they were following Christ. I can conclude with another Scripture where Jesus said that He wished that we would be either hot or cold. Meaning that we should be honest with ourselves and with Him, regarding who our Master is. God promised the Israelites a land filled with milk and honey – a Promised Land, if they would be obedient to Him and follow Him. Heaven is our Promised Land for those who are faithful and true to the One they have surrendered their lives to – Jesus Christ. Are you with me friend?
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, we have invited You to be our Lord and Savior, but having been left in this world, we are constantly battling the temptations and tugging by the world and all followers of the evil one. Please dear God, give us strength to stand firm in our faith so that the world might see, know and believe on the One True God. We need You desperately Heavenly Father. AMEN!