Straddling the Fence

Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
              One of the reasons that Christians adore the Saviour (and there are a million reasons), is because of how candid or straightforward that Jesus is.  He is this way first of all because He cannot help but to be candid; this is the very obvious character trait of God Almighty.  And secondly so that His children understand exactly what is important to Him.  
              In this chapter of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus is performing some very wonderful and powerful miracles.  A man with a withered hand is healed, a man that is deaf and dumb is healed; along with many others, and all of this on the Sabbath day, much to the Pharisees disapproval.  One sure way of knowing that the religion individuals are involved in is corrupt, is when that religion disapproves of operating according to the Scriptures or by allowing man-made traditions to overrule the work of the Holy Spirit.  What is God more concerned with, the restoration of damaged people, or the do’s and don’ts of the Sabbath day?  Which is He more concerned with, people being brought back to fellowship with Him, or the obedience of our traditions?  The answer is very clear and found in Matthew 12 where He made broken people His focus and not the Pharisees demands.
              Just before Jesus spake the words written at the top of this page He was being accused of doing the work of satan.  The Pharisees, being stuck in the quick sand of their own narrow minds, had the audacity to accuse our King of doing the work of satan when Jesus healed all of those people.  The Lord concludes His response to the Pharisees of the obvious reasons that His works were not the works of satan with the verse written above, He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
               From this statement that our King spake three very important truths are revealed.  First, since many did NOTrecognize Jesus works as the works of God, some will NOT recognize the Christians works as being from God either.  Second, there is a very obvious difference between the works of God and the works of the devil, however; lost people struggle determining the difference.  Third, there are no NEUTERS in war; no one can be on both sides.  People are very decisive concerning many areas in life.  With some events or decisions we can be indecisive and suffer no consequences.  But for a person to be indecisive with Jesus actually puts them on the wrong side of Him, and that has eternal consequences.  Won’t you stop straddling the fence today and decide to be with the Lord? 
~Pastor Kaiser
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