Whose Side Are You On?

Matthew chapter twelve and verse thirty in the New Living Translation of the Bible says “”Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”  That’s a significant statement.  Jesus teaches us the principle so many of us forget when we move passively through life.  For example, a husband who does not actively engage in strengthening his marriage is actually working to weaken his marriage.  A worker who is not intentionally seeking to improve his performance and thus strengthen the company for which he or she works may be detracting from the company’s bottom line and potentially undermining his or her own job security.  The principle Jesus teaches in this powerful statement (Matthew 12:30) is particularly important for churches engaged in building and growing.  A modern proverb that communicates much the same message says, “one bad apple spoils the bunch”.  In other words, one voice of murmuring and complaining in a local church can weaken and undermine the efforts of the whole church.  One voice spreading discord and division can weaken the resolve of many.

As I think about the principle Jesus taught in Matthew 12:30, I am resolved to be intentional in working and speaking to strengthen the cause of Christ.  I want to be an agent for good in my marriage.  I want to be a positive contributor to the organizations of which I am a part, especially God’s church.  What about you?  Whose side are you on?

~ by brotherfaron on June 3, 2017.

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