Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters.
It’s one thing to not be on someone’s team. But it’s another thing altogether to be against someone, right? Especially if that someone is the Lord Jesus. But that’s exactly what this passage is about. Look closely.
In the normal course of Jesus’ day, we find Him touching and healing people of all kinds of maladies and afflictions. Unlike the religious leaders of the day, Jesus wasn’t just leading a cause—He was on a mission.
He helped people from all walks of life and with every kind of problem. And, as was often the case, the folks that couldn’t accept Jesus the Life-changer were the very ones who were supposed to represent the God that Jesus was calling on in power. It was quite a paradox. It still is.
Because they couldn’t stop Him, they were, in the words of a worn-out sports cliché, only trying to contain Him. And the only way they could think of was to cast doubt on which team Jesus was playing for.
Up to this point, this story doesn’t bother me that much. The truth is, if you’re asking me to pick sides, I’m going to go with Jesus every time. After all, I’ve read the end of the book and He wins!
The part that bothers me is when Jesus explains how you can tell which side people are fighting for—and it’s not just the ones who are obviously for the other side. No, Jesus cuts right to the heart. He explains that those who aren’t working alongside Him in gathering His flock are the ones working against Him.
So, do you know what you have to do to be against Jesus? Nothing—absolutely nothing at all.
The next time you find yourself really proud that you’re not like those folks who aren’t Christian—that you’re on the right side and will win in the end—make sure you remember what Jesus said: “Anyone who does not gather with me, scatters.”
- The Bible tells us there are two kingdoms in this world—Darkness and Light. How do you see this battle play out every day? At work? In your neighborhood?
- Which character in this story do you most identify with? The healed man? The Pharisee? Jesus’ disciples? All of them?
- Jesus said those who weren’t with Him were against Him. Does your walk with Christ reflect clearly that you’re part of His kingdom? Are you engaged in the “gathering” that Jesus is talking about here?
- Is your faith only marked by what you say and rarely marked by what you’re doing?
- Do you live the kind of life that causes those who live for the kingdom of darkness to question whether or not you’re “out of your mind?”