Look at these three verses.
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters. (Luke 11:23 NIV)
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41 NIV)
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, (Colossians 1:13 NIV)
These verse paint a frightening realistic picture, but at the same time a wonderfully beautiful rescue. God’s word does not leave us without hope, nor does it candy-coat the hard truth. The truth is, according to Luke 11:23, if we are not active in our obedience to Jesus Christ we are actively disobedient to him and obedient to Satan. There fore our desire, and I did say “desire” (meaning something we want to do!) to not obey (We think disobey means to be bad, and we try to justify that, but in this case to disobey means to not even try to obey). Now where was I, oh yes, our desire to not obey Jesus is a reflection of our desire to obey Satan. The end result of obedience to Satan is hell according to Matthew 25:41. After all we are simply following our leader.
A-h-h-h but here comes the good news. If we desire to change our direction, then we need to change our leadership from obedience to Satan to obedience to Christ. It still requires obedience. The good news according to Colossians 1:13 is that Jesus has already gone to great lengths to rescue those who desire to be obedient to Him.
The question is, which leader are you obeying now? Do you need to make a change? You can’t do it on your own, but Jesus will be glad to help if you ask and obey.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV)