Luke 12: 49-56
“I have to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.
He said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?
Jesus has warned us as his disciples; if they reject us, they reject him; also if they reject Christ, they reject the one who sent him. Evil must be conquered before peace can rule. Not all people will be willing to change. Therefore, conflict arises even between family members. God is wanting his disciples to use his word to discern between good and evil, to live our lives accordingly. We must be ready when Jesus returns to take his children to their eternal home. Watch the news, read your bible and know the time is near.
Father help us not to live as the world lives, but to live like Christ even when others reject us. Help us to be your disciples and to make disciples for you while it is still time to repent. We ask that you send your Spirit to speak life to our loved ones in Jesus’ name, amen.