He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters. (Lk 11:23)
He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. (Mt 12:30)
In spiritual matters, neutrality [detachment; objectivity; nonalignment] is impossible! We must choose whom we will serve. (Josh 24:14-15) We should be willing to declare our allegiance to Jesus and to His Gospel under all circumstances.
Now, what had precipitated this remark in Luke 11:23 and Matthew 12:30 by the Lord? It was the occasion of Jesus casting out a demon from a man who had been made blind, deaf, and mute by the demon. Jesus performed a miracle and healed the man completely. The multitudes were amazed and began questioning how this was possible.
The Pharisees heard about the healing and about the questions of the crowd, and speculated on the miracle. One stream of thought was that Jesus had received power through demonic association. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said:
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.” (Matt 12:25-30)
Another view took a wait-and-see attitude. They thought that there might be a “sign” from God about this event. Clearly, a vast number of people were not convinced that Jesus was under any demonic influence. The one thing that was NOT in doubt was the fact that something supernatural (a miracle) had occurred!
Jesus response to the Pharisees (see verses above) is a way of stating that He is not alone in this ministry. He has apostles and disciples—and He was looking ahead to the future, to us. Jesus clearly says that if He drives out demons by the power of the Almighty God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon them.
We know that the Kingdom of God has come upon us, and through the power of the Spirit, has anointed us for service to His Kingdom. Don’t believe that you can serve the Lord, and be neutral. It’s not possible. In the verse above, Jesus tells us that “if we’re not FOR Him, we’re AGAINST Him!”
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor 1:28-31 NIV)