Two Kingdoms, One Choice
In this world, there are two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil. We each belong to one or the other; you cannot be in both. Through his death and resurrection, Jesus bound up Satan, granting us the opportunity to be free and alive in Christ. But until you meet Jesus and decide to follow him, you will remain in the domain of darkness.
20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.” 23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” 30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.” 31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him.
Practice The Way of Jesus:
As we reflect on the passage in Mark 3, ask yourself, are you living to please the world or are you living to serve God? Just as Jesus chose to die on the cross, you must also make a choice: the world or God? The darkness will always be an option. Instead, choose life with the Lord today. This week, consider what it will look like for you to choose life with the Lord. Take some time to consider the will and work of God.