Google+ 06/06/14 We Are Either Sheep or Goats!

Luke 12:48-50

 

But 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.

“I have come to set the world on fire, and I wish it were already burning!

I have a terrible baptism of suffering ahead of me,

And I am under a heavy burden until it is accomplished.

 

In part five of our six-part devotion series entitled, "Cleansing or Consuming Fire?" Luke shares Jesus's words about division.  Jesus came to divide?  Are you kidding?  No, I am not.  All are welcome in the Family of God.  Not all will be in the Family of God.  God gave us a choice.  When we choose poorly, we are divided from God and put in the "goat" pile.  We can deny it or pretend it is not true, but it is.  In today's Scripture, Jesus tells us that to whom much is entrusted, even more is required.  He tells us that if we don't know what is right and haven't heard His word, we will only be punished slightly.  Luke is referring to those that have not heard the Good News.  He is not referring to those that have heard it, claimed it, and ignore it.  Everyone who has read any of my devotions knows how I feel about social media.  It can be a great tool for God.  It can also be used for evil.  Recently, I have also discovered that it can confirm our lack of true faith.  It amazes me how some people post Scripture on Facebook in support of God, but then gossip and say hateful words to their fellow man, in person.  The transparency of these acts becomes abundantly clear to all those who truly follow God's Word.  Jesus confirms John the Baptist's message of baptism by fire.  In this case, it is a cleansing fire.  It inspires those true believers, but will expose all those that hide behind Scripture.  God is clear.  We must not misunderstand or twist God's Word for our own devices.  There is division.  Make no mistake.  "We Are Either Sheep or Goats!"