You’re Gonna Have to Serve Somebody – Luke 11:23

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Jesus had just cast out an evil spirit that made a man mute. When the formerly mute man spoke, the people were amazed, but some tried to explain it by saying Jesus cast out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus offered the simple explanation that a house divided against itself falls; therefore, how will the evil kingdom stand if it is working against itself. Jesus told the scoffers that if He casts out demons by the power of God, then that is evidence that the Kingdom of God has come. So Jesus says in this verse that if you don’t believe He comes from God, then you are on Satan’s side and if you do not proclaim the truth that God’s Kingdom has come then you are working against Him. In other words, when you’ve been confronted by the Kingdom of God, neutrality is not an option–you either become His loyal subject and serve Him or you serve the devil. It’s as simple as that. The folksy lyrics of a late 1970’s song by Bob Dylan say: “You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” There is no middle-of-the-road, no opting out, no riding-the-fence in the matter of your eternal destiny. So it’s either Jesus or the devil, but you serve one or the other.

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