From Passive to Active
Whoever is not with me is against me. —Luke 11:23
This quote in Luke’s Gospel is more challenging than the parallel passage in Mark in which Jesus said, “Whoever is not against us is for us” (Mk 9:40). Ignoring the question of which version is historically accurate, what might be the message for us in today’s verse? This version asks for an active commitment on our part; it requires more than avoiding doing harm. For some, going through the day without lying, stealing, or murdering isn’t hard to do. Does that mean we get to pat ourselves on the back for being good disciples? No. According to this version, Jesus says that’s not enough. If we want to be Jesus’ disciples, we must actively choose to do good, not just avoid doing evil. For example, beyond not stealing from the hungry, we are challenged to feed the hungry, whether with a granola bar from our purse, volunteering for Meals-on-Wheels, donating to a charitable organization, taking a meal to a shut-in, or advocating for laws that support the most vulnerable in our society.
FOR ACTION: What can you proactively do today to demonstrate your commitment to Jesus?