The Apostle Paul says, without a hint of ambiguity that “all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). It is important that Christians recognize the nature and seriousness of this statement as we reflect on our lives. Most of us live in countries where religious freedom is under attack.
We would all do well to meditate on Jesus’ warning. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62. Here, Jesus is reminding us all not to “look back” at the worldly life we left behind. In doing so, we err like Lot’s wife did in Sodom – not trusting God’s provision.
Christians, a day is coming when you will be forced to choose: the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan. On that day, you will be tempted to deny the very Lord that bought you (2 Peter 2:1). Prepare your heart now for that moment. Consider the cost of following Christ and give it gladly. Lay it it all down for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Remember, that it is “He who endures to the end that shall be saved” (Matthew 24:13). The choice is stark and the eternal consequences deadly for those that choose the Kingdom of Satan.
What an entire generation of Christians do not understand is that refusing to align our language, choices, and actions with scripture is a blatant denial of Christ Jesus. Attacks on the doctrine of scripture are attacks on the Kingdom of God. Likewise, if we deny His word, we also deny Him. We cannot have it both ways. We cannot claim Jesus as our own and also continue to endorse the world’s philosophies. Increasingly, we are seeing Christians particularly in the denominational churches willing to deny Jesus and His doctrine.
Let us meditate our hearts on the apostle Paul’s words. He writes, “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Philippians 3:8-10