Continued from here.
Unity is the secret to the success of a group, and Satan (sadly) knows this better than the Church does!
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? ~ Matt. 12:24-26
We learn two very important points from this passage. The first is that if we, as a Church, are divided against ourselves, we will be ruined and unable to stand, which is exactly what has happened. We weaken ourselves as a Church by having only like parts congregate, whether it’s a small Sunday School class full of eyes or a megachurch full of ears. This is one reason I am drawn to interdenominational ministry, where we choose to focus on the bigger picture of Jesus being our Head and leave our denominational differences at the door as we choose to work together toward a common purpose (in my case, prison ministry).
Don’t miss the second point: Satan knows the power of unity in accomplishing one’s purpose. Unlike the Church, his hierarchy is not divided. He doesn’t have one demon driving out another – all work together in unity following his lead. Even though Satan is our enemy, he has a much stronger grasp on God’s principle of unity than the Church does. Perhaps that’s why, despite the prophecies throughout the Bible, he continues to fight what God has ordained. Perhaps he hopes that if he stirs up enough disunity within the Church, he can prevail after all. Of course, we know that God’s way WILL come to pass, but how many battles will we lose as a Church in the process because of our unwillingness to work together in unity?
To be continued…
[Graphic: Cartoon of a sad Grace holding a sign that says, “I give up.” Courtesy Bitmoji.]