47“And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. 48But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.
49“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning! 50I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me, and I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished. 51Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! Luke 12:42-51 (NLT)
We talk a great deal about church. There is a reason for that. It is important. The church is the body of Christ on earth and was created by Christ to serve him. I remember speaking at conference a few years ago and hearing the audible gasps when I said, “The greatest heresy of the modern church is that we create them to serve people.” I went on to explain that the first point of heresy as that WE create churches – and the second is that He creates them to serve Him.
That’s the Truth.
Above are the words of Jesus Christ Himself. We should listen to them. We are servants entrusted to maintain the body as the unblemished Bride of Christ. If we serve with a willing and faithful heart, we will inheret the very Kingdom of Heaven! If we serve selfishly or foolishly, we will be banished from the Kingdom and cast into Hell.
That’s also the Truth.
You see, Jesus tells us that He has not come to bring peace, but to divide. That should not be shocking to anyone who follows Jesus because people who are disciples of Christ, members of the body, and serve the Bride know that good (God’s Holy Spirit) and evil (the ‘god’ of this world) can not exist at the same place, or in the same person, at the same time. Light will divide from darkness. Good will divide from evil. There will be pruning (John 15) and there will be suffering (Romans 8:17)
So I ask as I often do, “Are you in or out?”
Go, look in the mirror and answer that question.