Matthew 12:30 (NASB) He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
"Ready to raise... raise! Ready to lift... lift!" I can still hear those words repeating in my head every time I pick up a ladder. Those words are taught to rookie firefighters as we learned to work together to raise a ladder and to lift an injured person. We must all work together to accomplish our goal. Today's verse speaks of Christ and those who are not with Him are against Him; those who do not gather with Him will scatter. It seems like a pretty easy concept to learn, and yet, while we tried to raise the ladder, if one guy fell short in doing his part, the whole team suffered. It's like that with Christianity and churches. If we don't do our part, in unity, things will not be accomplished. Same with families. If parents are on different pages concerning parenting, the child will suffer. How about at work? If the team is not functioning as a unit, the work will suffer. Let's make sure we are not against Him or scattering those around us, but working together as a fine-oiled machine and lift things to new heights. The question is... are we doing our part?
• Personal Application: Continue spending time with the Lord daily. Sow righteousness and reap the fruit of God's unfailing love.
• Family Devotional: Read this chapter to your family. Ask them if anything spoke to them as you read. Talk about their answers and show them that one important aspect of this chapter is that we must continue to spend time with the Lord and keep our hearts focused on His plans and purposes. Pray for them.
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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