Leave it to adults to make the simple things in life complex. Some where along the way, age has a way of corrupting the innocence of youth. Time tends to change people for the worse. Subsequently, the joy of life often loses its luster, replaced by hardened hearts that result in misery. This is where the scattering begins.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, Ecclesiastes 3:5.
When individuals seek to expand their comfort zone, grow spiritually or engage in learning new things, this development does not go unnoticed by others. These areas of interest provide direction, guidance and vision for each new day. However, when these practices are postponed, stop and cease to exist, a subtle transition occurs. Even those with good intentions may be shocked one day when you wake up, wondering how far you have strayed from these habits.
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters,” Luke 11:23.
I think this is what Jesus means by the verse above. Human beings were created to gather, celebrating and sharing the good news of a Messiah who can save and forgive you from your sins. Discipline, hard work and worldly pursuits only go so far. Those who try to live life on their own can only fake happiness for so long until the void in your heart leaves you feeling empty again and again. Possessing a “what’s in it for me mindset” results in the scattering of mankind. Yet, the cure to this condition is found in the Holy Spirit, leading you to begin gathering for Jesus.
by Jay Mankus