“Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12: 25, 30)
In the scriptures Jesus presents a world sharply divided into God’s kingdom and the kingdom of darkness, and tells us that we cannot be working for both kingdoms at the same time. We are not going to get where we want to be with divided thinking.
President Abraham Lincoln spoke of this scripture, and invoked its meaning, when, during the American Civil War, the United States was being divided in a most destructive way that could easily have destroyed what earlier generations had so diligently created.
I have to wonder, is our personal house divided and the fruit of our lives tainted because of wrong thinking, wrong words, wrong beliefs? Do we expect a certain outcome, to produce good fruit and meaningful lives, but our words and deeds and thoughts do everything possible to prevent that very thing? Our scripture reminds us in no uncertain terms that we need to be in concert with God if we ever expect to get from where we are to where we want to be. The choices of our words, deeds and thoughts determine our journey. We have to be in harmony with God if we expect our journey to survive the hills and mountains that so often are placed before us. If we are in touch with God, and God’s work in our lives, we can find a way to the other side of those obstacles.
Our choices set our course, our words frame our intention, our motivation shapes and proclaims our character.
Our words, our deeds, our thoughts, and oh yes, our motivations must be in alignment with God if we want our life to make a difference.
Affirmation: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. The right to be called children of God, filled with His grace, His blessing and to walk in partnership with his son Jesus, whom we call the Christ.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.