November 21, 2017
An Inescapable Decision
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters. – Luke 11:23
Receiving Christ is an inescapable decision you must make. As the Lord teaches during His earthly ministry, He continues to prove without any question His true identity. He shows us again and again that He is God’s one and only Son, that He is truly God incarnate. No one could do the signs and wonders and miracles He performed unless they were God. He proved additionally that He was the promised Messiah, the Savior God promised to come through the lineage of Israel. He has brought the kingdom to bear on the earth.
In the midst of that, He makes the following statement: “He who is not with Me is against Me.” Notice the dividing line – you are either with Me, or against Me. Therefore, every one of you today is suddenly, piercingly, inescapably forced to a solemn choice. You can either reject Christ as some liar, fake, or mad-man crazed lunatic; or, you can bow down to Him, receive Him as Savior, and humbly pledge devotion to Him as your only and absolute Lord. But that’s the decision you must make. It is inescapable. You can’t go around it.
No postponement is possible. There is no soft commitment allowed. You do not come face to face with the Lord God and contemplate if you believe it is wise to submit to Him. The immeasurable dignity and worth of this God disallows all vacillating and all equivocating. You either fall before Him in honor and obedience, or astoundingly you look into the eyes of the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God and tell Him I can do better than to serve You. And to those fools who make such a blasphemous choice, the raging fires of eternal torment are the only just outcome. And that is exactly what you will inherit if you refuse Him.You see, neutrality when it comes to Christ is hostility. There is no neutral ground before Him. It is, in effect, siding with the enemy. Indifference toward Him is but a mask for enmity toward Him. It is better that you be an open enemy than a pretend friend when it comes to Jesus Christ.
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Do those who fear the Lord see you and, in watching you, are inspired to go on for God? Are they encouraged to be faithful to God? This is what the psalmist is praying.
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