“Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division.” Luke 12:51
The Gospel of Jesus brings division of good and evil. Christ is not the cause of division but rather the rebellion against the Gospel brings division. Rebellion against the Gospel includes pride, idolatry, legalism, self righteousness and self will to name a few. Accepting Jesus as our Saviour brings us salvation, reconciliation, sanctification, peace that surpasses all understanding, love, joy, mercy and grace…just to name a few.
I have always heard “you will lose all of your friends” when you get saved and that bothered me. I didn’t/don’t want to lose my old friends. The Bible says The Gospel of Jesus Christ divides good and evil. Is that why we lose our friends? Is it because The Gospel divided the good and evil? I never thought of myself nor my old friends as “evil” though. Honestly, I still don’t. NONE of us are good, there is only one that is “good” and that is God. The fact of the matter is, if we don’t drink from the Lord’s cup, we’re drinking from the devil’s cup by default.
While speaking with a friend the other day they made this comment : “They’ve heard The Gospel but have rejected It.” My friend was speaking of people who know Jesus but have not accepted Jesus. The more I thought about it, the larger that statement became. “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. ” Matthew 10:14.
So what do we “do” with our old friends who by default reject Jesus? We certainly don’t “reject” them. That is the epitome of self righteousness. It may be that they are scared to invite you to events because they don’t want you to be offended. Unfortunately religion and legalism have trampled on the atoning Blood of Jesus by placing Christians in the judgement seat.
As for me, I do shake the dust off of my feet. By that I mean I don’t get offended at their rejection. I can’t sugar coat the rejection; it is what it is. The Bible also says “it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment…” Matthew 10:15. Instead of judging or being offended, I pray. I pray for God’s continued mercy. I pray for unveiled eyes. I pray for the Lord to send His laborers to cross their paths. I pray that when the Holy Spirit convicts them, they respond. I pray they respond not only for their own salvation but for their children’s, their parent’s and other loved ones. I pray they become the ones the Lord uses to bring their circle of friends and family to Him.
Yes, The Gospel of Jesus Christ divides. Yes, we wipe the dust off of our feet. We may lose some friends but not because we reject them for their sins but because they reject us for our Jesus. – Donna Warren