October 13. Matthew 12:22-50; Luke 11.
These verses cover a wide spectrum of Christ’s teachings while He walked this earth.
- Kingdoms divided cannot stand.
- Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
- Trees are known by their fruit and a man’s speech reveals what is in his heart.
- How to pray.
- Persistence in prayer.
- Christ is stronger than Satan.
- Blessings for those who hear the Word of God and put it into practice.
- Purity is best demonstrated by generosity.
- Keep the inside clean as well as the outside.
These are some of the highlights of His teachings in these few verses, a slower read and deeper meditation upon this portion of Scripture will reveal many additional lessons for your life. But take a moment and let this particular lesson occupy your entire focus for a few moments.
Matthew 12:30 Anyone who isn’t helping me is harming me.
Luke 11:23 “Anyone who is not for me is against me; if he isn’t helping me, he is hurting my cause.”
If you are not helping Christ, you are harming Him. That is powerful. If you think about what that is saying it means that you cannot even be neutral with Christ and His message. If you are not helping then you are harming. Apathy is hurting. Noncommitted is hurting. Uninterested is hurting. Distracted is harmful. Anything but active participation with Christ and His mission is harmful to His cause.
In a world that demands tolerance and compromise for everything, there is none here when it comes to being for Christ or against Him. If you say you are for Him, then actions will substantiate that claim. Otherwise, it is harmful to His cause.
If you are for Him, your speech will reveal it. Your prayer life will reflect it. Your lifestyle will promote it. And your generosity will prove it. Don't just live for a good cause - live for the right cause.