Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Power (Part 5: Division)
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mark 3:24 (NKJV)
Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.
Luke 12:51 (NKJV)
So there was a division among the people because of Him.
John 7:43 (NKJV)
Division is a central theme in all four Gospels. Division is the destiny of earth and its people. Whether He's separating the wheat and the chaff, the wheat and the tares, the sheep and the goats, or the 'Children of God and the children of the devil' (1 John 3:10), God is dividing us. Why?
To identify half-hearted impostors: 'No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other' (Matthew 6:24).
After all, 'What fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?' (2 Corinthians 6:14). Because 'You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons' (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Fundamentally, division undermines power. God's followers must stand in unity as 'The body of Christ' (1 Corinthians 12:27), that 'There should be no schism in the body' (1 Corinthians 12:25).
We 'Like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood... For in Scripture it says 'See, I lay a Stone in Zion, a chosen and precious Cornerstone' ' (1 Peter 2:5-6). If Jesus is the Cornerstone and we are the construction of His church, God does not want a fake rock among gems. It weakens the structure.
'I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people' (Romans 16:17-18).
Keep in mind God's intended division is to pull out pretenders. It's not about non-believers, because they are not pretending. From them we are already divided, but among them are lost sheep and prodigals that God wants us to find, feed, and tend. They are diamonds in the rough.
God's division rids His church of Christian hypocrites. Because if they become part of the building, they make the structure wobble. Outsiders don't want to enter, and Spirit-filled insiders want to leave.
Instead, God's church must grow in unity. Therein is holy power.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Power series.