"'When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, it says, 'I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place.' While he [Jesus] was saying these things, some woman lifted her voice above the murmur of the crowd: 'Blessed the womb that carried you, and the breasts at which you nursed!' Jesus commented, 'Even more blessed are those who hear God's Word and guard it with their lives!'"
In this passage, Jesus speaks to those that produce good moral works but at the same time, reject the kingdom of God. These people were good about cleaning up their lives on the outside for all to see (and expect the same "act" from others). In essence, Jesus was speaking to the "moralists" of that day. The moralists who rejected the only ONE who could truly change hearts, souls, and lives.
We as believers have done a good job of preaching morality without preaching Jesus. Our message should never be just about morality. Jesus' message was never about morality but about the kingdom of God.
An individual who simply "cleans up his act" opens the door for demons to come right in. What we need is true salvation that comes from Jesus Christ alone, not just mere morality. There are a lot of "good" and "moral" people that are still going to hell today because they can't get to Heaven without Jesus.
If we as believers are not careful, morality and religion can become a self-righteous seduction. This kind of seduction likes to deceive others into thinking that all is well with our relationship with God when it is not. As long as a person understands their sinful nature, they can be saved, daily. When a person is humble enough to understand their shortcomings, he is in a position to be delivered. It is when an individual becomes confident in their own righteousness that they believe they no longer are in need of a Savior, and that opens the door for all of hell to break loose.
My prayer for us today is that we can fully understand our need for Christ. He is the only one who can fill the empty voids in our life. We will either be the house that is occupied by demonic influence, or we will be the house that is fully occupied by Christ. A house that is fully occupied by Christ is not only a saved life, it is a changed one.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.