Who’s Side Are You On?
A six-year-old comes crying to his mother because his little sister pulled his hair. "Don't be angry," the mother says, "Your little sister doesn't realize that pulling hair hurts." A short while later, there's more crying, and the mother goes to investigate. This time the sister is bawling and her brother says, "She knows now."
“This is war, and there is no neutral ground. If you’re not on my side, you’re the enemy; if you’re not helping, you’re making things worse.” Luke 11:23 (MSG)
How does this verse relate to Luke 9:50: "Anyone who is not against you is for you"? In the earlier passage, Jesus was talking about a person who was driving out demons in Jesus' name. Those who fight evil, He was saying, are on the same side as one driving out demons in Jesus' name. Here, by contrast, He was talking about the conflict between God and the devil. In this battle, if a person is not on God's side, he or she is on Satan's. There is no neutral ground. Because God has already won the battle, why be on the losing side? If you aren't actively for Christ, you are against Him." Life App. Bible
Did this wake anyone up? Some of us feel safe in our cocoon of apathy and complacency. We think that nobody sees us, nobody knows we’re trying to sit on the fence of compromise, or nobody knows we’re in the dark corner of unforgiveness or the back alley of disobedience. There are others that say nothing and do nothing with the excuse that “it’s just not my place or responsibility to get involved,” “who am I to judge?” What did Jesus say? “If you’re not helping ….”
We convince ourselves that we’re not hurting anyone and we can think and say what we want to think and say. But, please notice what Jesus said, we’re either on His side of loving others and the Lord or we’re the enemy! That’s some pretty strong language! We justify hurting our brothers and sisters in Christ by saying, “They had it coming! They need a taste of their own medicine!”
None of us are perfect, but those of us in Christ serve a perfect God with a perfect love and He is able to help us love with His perfect love, but we must be willing. Pray for healing in the Body of Christ that we might be strong and prepared to do what the Father has called us to do.