Matthew 12:30 Are You For Or Against Jesus?

“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Matthew 12:30

In order for any business to be successful, all of the workers must work in unity. If every worker does what he wants, the way he wants and when he wants, nothing will happen successfully. There will be division, which will cause a loss of production and eventual destruction.

Working together for a common goal can produce amazing results. Those who work together for the common goal and working in unity and not against each other.

After being accused of working by the power of demons, Jesus tells them that there must be unity and that anyone is not with Him is against Him and scatters.

When Jesus came to the earth, He did not come with ten thousand different goals on the agenda to be accomplished. He came with only one goal. That one goal was to seek and save those who are lost. Jesus came to gather together all who are lost in sin and give them eternal life.

Just as in the workplace, there are many who have their own individual agendas, people in the church have their own agendas. Some are just focused on building a large program, or the perfect worship service, or to have the fanciest building, or some other temporary goal.

Many churches and believers have lost focus of the one goal that Jesus had–to seek and save the lost. Believers who are not seeking to find the lost are against Jesus and just building their own temporary kingdom. They are not working with Jesus, but against Him.

The methods of reaching the lost are as numerous as the stars in the sky, but every believer must have that focus. Either they are gathering or they are scattering.

As you live your life with a belief in Jesus, you must ask yourself if you are with Jesus or against Jesus.

Look at your life and see whether your focus and goal will match up with the focus and goal of Jesus or not. Do not find yourself as the one who is against Jesus and scattering, even though you are claiming to be His follower.

Work in unity with Jesus to reach the lost in this world. At some point, someone took the time to reach you for Jesus, do the same for someone else as you work with Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the goal Jesus has for your life; that you will seek the lost with Jesus; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to all you meet.

Proverbs 14:23 Hard Work Or Just Talk

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All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

Talk is easy. People can talk about a lot of things that they will plan to do. Dreams and goals are often talked about and set on a daily basis by millions of people. Grand dreams of changing the world, inventing the newest gadget, starting a business, and much more.

Every new year, people will draw up elaborate lists of goals for the new year. Many times they will go into great detail of what the goal is and how they plan to accomplish it.

Out of all of the goals set, very few will ever be accomplished. Very few people will take the steps needed in order to fulfill the goal that they had set.

Solomon brings out a great truth about hard work and talk. Hard work will often lead to a profit or success, while just talking will bring only poverty.

It will often take hard work and dedication to accomplish a goal. Most goals are not easily accomplished.

It is common for people to seek to gain without the hard work. They want the ‘get rich quick’ method, rather than the slower hard work method. In the process, most of their goals are just talk, leading to nothing.

This can also be found in the life of a believer. Many believers talk about following God and believing in Jesus, yet, that is all it is…talk. Their lives never change. They continue to live the same way, often in sins, and refusing to be a witness.

Although salvation is free, God has work for every believer to do. It sometimes takes hard work to be a witness. It can be hard work to turn away form sin. It can be hard work to pray or read the bible. Yet, doing each of these and following God will bring about a profit of the soul.

Not working for God will bring to a poverty of the spirit and soul, missing what God has for the person.

Do not just allow yourself to talk about being a follower of Jesus, be one. Do the hard work God has called you to do.

Work at turning away from sin, work at being His witness, work at being like Jesus. Do what it takes to build your life into the image of Jesus. As you do your part, God will do His part and bring the reward and increase the efforts effects.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus brings; that you will work to turn from sin against God; that God will give you the strength to be His witness; and that you will not be a follower of Jesus just in words, but in action.

Exodus 39:43 Do Just As God Commands

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Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them. Exodus 39:40

Following directions is something that a lot of people do not really like to do. The classic picture is on Christmas morning when all the gifts are opened and the child has a gift that has to be put together. The father ‘knows’ how to do it, so he does not look at the directions. Hours later the gift is still not together, because he chose not to read the directions and follow them.

It is common for people to do things their own way, rather than follow directions. People try to cut the corners on work in the workplace, because they know a better way to do it. People are quick to buck the system as they think they have the best way to do something.

Often, when directions are not followed correctly, the results are disastrous. The item does not work, things break, injuries occur, and one can get into trouble.

This does not just happen with people in this world, but also inside the church. God gives directions on what to do, how to do it, or what not to do and people tend to not follow the directions. They think that they have the best way to do it.

Moses gave some men the directions God had given him in how to build the tabernacle and everything in it. When it was completed, Moses looked at it and saw that they had done everything just as God had commanded.

God can see the bigger picture of life. He knows the perfect way to do everything and anything. He is the one who wrote the perfect rule book for every situation in life. Every believer needs to take time to know those directions and choose to follow them.

There are things God has directed you to do in your life. You have a choice to make, will you follow what God has said or will you choose to do your own thing.

If you choose to do your own way, it will not work out and it will result in failure. If you choose to follow God’s directions, you will ultimately have success in the end.

Make the choice to follow God’s directions for your life, even if it doesn’t make sense. God’s directions are best and in the end you will be blessed by following them.

I pray today that you will know what God is commanding you to do; that you will choose to do things God’s way; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; and that you will see the benefit of following God’s commands.