Friday, June 18, 2010

Scattering - A Devotional

"Whoever is not with me is against me and he who does not gather with me scatters" (Matthew 12:30)

How many times have you heard one of the following comments?
"I love Jesus, but I think Christians can take this Jesus stuff too seriously."
"I hate it when Fundamentalists talk about 'making a decision to follow Jesus'. I know God loves me just the way I am."
"Jesus really does save, but I also believe God is loving enough to save people from other religions."
"Evangelism is only about getting a conversion notch on one's belt. Just love other people and stop pushing your faith on them."
In a Seminary counseling class my professor once has the students break into small groups for discussion. The conversation quickly turned to our personal lives and one of my classmates began to talk about his past struggles.  At one point he mentioned how, during a particularly difficult time, a lady from the church came up to him and gave him a big hug.  As she was doing that, she asked him "How is your relationship with Jesus?"

I, of course, assumed this was going to be a positive story.  Yet when he got to this point in the tale he clenched his fists and said "I hate it when other Christians do that.  All I wanted was to be loved. Why did she have to get so 'Jesusy'?"

Jesusy?

When mentioning Jesus is cause of offense to another 'Christian', something is seriously wrong.  Jesus has a tricky little habit of being very black and white when it came to being a disciple.  Either we see Christ as our Savior and source of Life, or we stand opposed to Him.  This verse rings the death knell to neutralism towards Jesus.  When it comes to faith, there is no middle ground.  

Those who dislike others being "Jesusy" are not neutral or middle-of-the-road--they are "against Him".  Instead of leading others to Christ, these people actively scatter others away from His message.  That is not the activity of a loyal servant but rather a deceptive enemy of the Gospel.

Stop scattering.  Gather.


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