by Stephen F. OlfordSatan or Christ
Text: "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters" (Luke 11:23; read vv. 14-23).
Thought: There is no place for neutrality in the Christian life. We are either wholly for Christ or wholly against Him. According to this passage, opposition to Christ and His cause is always:
1. Satanic-"He who is not with Me is against Me" (v. 23). Nothing is more satanic than to attribute the work of the Lord to the devil. Jesus called this sin "blasphemy against the Spirit" (Matt. 12:31). Such is the depravity and deceitfulness of the human heart that there is no level to which man will not stoop. When Jesus healed a demon-possessed man (v. 14), His critics alleged that His power over demons was due to the fact that He was in league with the prince of demons. The amazing phenomenon of the Master's power to deliver souls from Satan's bondage and establish the kingdom of God (v. 20) appeared to have no effect upon these bigoted and spiritually-blinded individuals.
2. Schismatic-"He who does not gather with Me scatters" (v. 23). Allegiance to Christ always unifies those who are prepared to follow Him unreservedly. But for that unity in Christ to be experienced, His authority through the Word and by His Spirit must be supreme. Any compromise or conflict in this respect leads to schism and serves the devil's strategy. Conversely, when the unqualified authority of Jesus is owned and obeyed there is peace and rejoicing. No wonder Solomon wrote: "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan" (Prov. 29:2). How we need to pray that God would deliver us from serving the devil when all the time we are convinced that we are zealously serving Christ!
It's Satan or Christ: Who is it you serve?
The answer you give will strain every nerve.
You cannot serve both, so make up your mind,
Choose Jesus as Lord, and peace you will find.