Mark 3:24-26 (NKJV)
If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.
Isn’t it interesting how Jesus, our God incarnate, always saw and was able to communicate the deeper truths of life? I guess it makes sense – He, being the Son of God, filled with the Holy Spirit, et al.
Our lesson today is just another example of one of those occurrences. In Mark 3, Jesus teaches us an all-encompassing lesson about nations, people, institutions and the unseen world. This is a teaching point that was rendered due to an attack on him by some of the religious and political leaders of the time. It was a criticism which came about because of his provision of mercy on a day that was only supposed to be a time of rest. I mean, that whole ‘loving others’ thing we all knew was only really to apply six days a week, didn’t we?
Well, the practical lesson we can gather today from God’s Word is that any living entity, if it is divided within itself or as to its objectives, will not last. It is doomed for failure at some point in time. Nations, families, churches, businesses and people will not make it if they pull in different directions or have divided loyalties. Didn’t scripture also tell us “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other”?
One of the greatest problem-creators we have in our lives, in this age, is that we sit the fence and serve two masters. Serving God and something else is a guaranteed recipe for failure.
Do you serve only the one true God or are your loyalties and priorities and ultimately your soul divided? If it is whole and singularly focused on Him, praise the Lord; but if there is a division, make a decision for Christ and begin to rebuild your house.