And you, whose side are you on?
Reading: Luke 12:49-53
I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Nobody can remain neutral before Jesus. Pretending neutrality before Him is the same as rejecting Him. Jesus is the only one who has said, “no one comes to the Father except through me.” Either we follow Jesus or we are lost. Either we enter by the narrow gate and follow the narrow road, or we remain in darkness.
Jesus came to bring division among men; the dividing factor, the great rift, is the cross. Do we recognize our necessity for forgiveness and mercy? Do we look to Jesus who gave Himself for us? Or do we condemn ourselves by believing ourselves to be self-sufficient?
Following Jesus can mean rejection, even from your own family. It seems a high price to pay, but consider that the price for not following Him is higher and more painful.
When the prophet Elijah confronted the priests of Baal, he looked at the people and asked them this same question: “Whose side are you on? Who do you want to serve, God or idols?
And us? Whose side are we on? Following Jesus is much more than knowing a little of the Bible, praying, and going to church. Following Jesus is letting Him transform your heart radically.
MEDITATE: Consider yourself, have you evaluated what it means to be a disciple of Jesus?
Translation By: Emily Stader