Lk 11:21When a strong man, fully armed, guards his castle, his property is safe. 22But when one stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away his armour in which he trusted and divides his plunder. 23Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
Armor protecting not just the house and success and all that a person might presume had come their way by virtue of their own worthiness, but also, and more significantly, the ego and pride of a person.
What happens to a person when our ego – our self – our pride is assaulted? How do we respond? What do we do to defend? Do we defend?
That’s what a walk with Jesus is really all about – how we respond.
I think Jesus is saying if we choose to defend our hearts, our egos, our ‘stuff’, our lives, we choose not love, light and life. If we choose to defend ourselves against attacks on our egos – our selves – rather than giving in and up our hearts, our egos, the credit to God, our lives to Him, then the path we set ourselves from that point forward will be broken, fractured, scattered and absent of all that God had brought to our life when we joined ours to his by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The process of sanctification is ongoing, beginning the moment we are baptized into the body of Christ. And at every point along the way we are given choices for ‘how then we are to live’ – how to respond – how to defend – what would Jesus do.
Letting E-go, letting God. That’s what I think Jesus is saying here. Don’t defend your ego, pride, your ‘stuff’. Bottom line is that it will set you on a different path and I, Jesus, won’t be found, there. You’ll have your ego, pride and some of your stuff, but you’ll have trouble finding me close by, let alone in you.
Lectionary Readings: AM Psalm 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13)
Ezek. 43:1-12; Heb. 9:1-14; Luke 11:14-23