Today’s passage: Luke 11:14-26
- Seeing miracles does not bring repentance and conversion out of the hearts of man (Luke 16:31).
- Jesus is stronger than the devil and all demons (Verse 22). He will not lose.
- If we are not gathering with Jesus, we are scattering. There is no middle ground. There is no neutral position.
- The man in verses 24-26 serves as the illustration for the truth in verse 23.
- This man “cleaned himself up” but in a moralistic self-righteous way. This only invited more demonic activity.
- Jesus is declaring this man better off having acted demonically than to be outwardly righteous without Christ!
- He was obviously scattering in the first place. Now he might think he is gathering, but instead is doing far scattering than he was ever before.
Questions to consider:
- What was Jesus’ posture towards these people in this conversation? Was the love of God being communicated passively with an appeal to their felt needs or were they being warned that the Kingdom of God had come upon them?
- What should be most exciting for us to see at church, a new family that looks cleaned up and shares our same interests and hobbies who do not know Christ, or a person from an entirely different background with different interests who comes to know and love Christ? How should the answer to this question also inform the way we “do” church, how we view people, and how we present ourselves to the mission field around us?
- Is it possible for a church (And church goers) to be scatterers? How would you be able to identify a pastor, church, ministry that is scattering instead of gathering?