Choosing Sides: Serving Jesus Christ in a Hostile World

Choosing Sides: Serving Jesus Christ in a Hostile World

When it comes to Faith in Jesus Christ, there is no such thing as a neutral stance. You cannot have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to the things of God. You can't ever be on the fence when it comes to serving Jesus Christ or not. The Lord doesn't tolerate a lukewarm person; you're either hot for the Lord and burning for him, or you are cold and you reject him. There is no middle ground.

If we claim to be followers of Christ, we cannot be split down the middle; we need to be all in for him. Then he will draw near to us and supply us with all that we need to live that radical yet rewarding life. Consider Jesus's words in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

Now, replace the word "money" with anything. You cannot serve God and your career. You cannot serve God and validation from others. You cannot serve God and your addiction. If we are not completely devoted to God, then we are not truly his followers. In some ways, being a half-hearted Christian is even worse than not being one at all. Listen to How strong these words are in Revelation 3:15-6: "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth."

If you truly understand the offer that Jesus is laying before you, you have a choice to make: give your entire life to him and allow him to transform and bless you, or you can insist on doing things your way and God can become an afterthought. We have a choice, Saints: surrender or rebel, bow down to Christ or bow down to the devil, serve Jesus or serve this world. There is no third option; you are in one camp or the other; you can never be in both camps at the same time.

Now there's another way to look at things: there is this duality in life. You have a perceived image of yourself, and then there is the perceived image by others about you. There are people who like you, people who love you and want to work with you, but then there are those who will never take a liking to you despite what you do. The same hospital that oversees the birth of many beautiful babies is the same hospital that on the other side of the building sees people breathe their last breaths.

And to bring it a little closer to home, the same church members that can lead people to Christ can sadly be the first to condemn, judge, and talk about someone falling in sin. Yes, if there is one thing that I've learned in this life, it's that there are two sides to everything. Even the Bible speaks of the seen and unseen; it speaks of walking by faith and not by sight. It speaks of both Angels and Demons, the righteous and unrighteous.

And I mean, if you look at someone like David, we know that the same David who was described as a man after God's Own Heart, the same David the psalmist, David the Giant Slayer, one who was chosen and anointed by God, even he had another side to him. The side that looked at Bathsheba with eyes full of lust. He had a side to him that drove him to commit adultery and murder.

But this is the same David - the same can be said of Elijah, the same Elijah who defeated hundreds of prophets by calling for the Lord to answer his prayers with fire from heaven. This same Elijah ran away in order to hide from Jezebel. You see, the harsh reality of this life is that there are two sides to everything, even within ourselves. We fight; we're pulled in one direction to do what is Holy, pleasing, and acceptable to God, and on the other hand, this body, this flesh wants to be associated with the pleasures of this life.

But the aim of my teaching today is to make you carefully consider your response to this question: are you for or against Jesus Christ? You can jump to your own defense and say, "well, it's not like I'm against Jesus," but I want you to see that there are only two camps, there are only two kingdoms. You're either for him and you've bowed your knee and you've accepted and received him as your Authority, and you've given him right and rule over your heart and your life, or you haven't. You either have Jesus Christ on the throne of your heart, or you have something else, someone else at the center of your heart.

Hear me clearly when I tell you that there are only two choices in terms of Eternity; you will either find yourself in heaven or in hell. And Saints, we need to talk about these things. We need to always be mindful that what we do today, what we do while we are still alive and breathing, will affect the Unseen World.

Matthew 6:33 puts it this way: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." A different translation says: "But first and most importantly, seek a and strive after his kingdom and his righteousness, his way of doing and being right, the attitude and character of God, and all these things will be given to you."

Living a righteous life in a hostile World means that Jesus Christ has the authority over the choices you make. He rules your thought life; he's the motivating factor behind your actions and deeds. A life of righteousness in a hostile World is a call to be set apart. You begin to think God is Holy, therefore, I must be holy. I'm in this world, but I am not to be of this world. Living a life of righteousness in a hostile World means having a Heavenly perspective. There is total commitment, total dedication to run the race, to fight the good fight of faith without compromising. Living a life of righteousness in a hostile World means you have absolutely surrendered your will in order for God to have his way.

So let me ask ask you: what kingdom are you living for? There is the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. What kingdom are you longing for? Which kingdom are you a servant of? None of us can serve both good and evil. None of us can have one foot in each kingdom. The Bible says in Matthew 6:24: "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. It's impossible to have a love for God and a love for the world, flesh or sin. This is because when you give your life to Christ, a regeneration begins; that's why it's called being born again. You die to the Flesh and to sin, and you continue doing so until you see Jesus.

Saints, let me encourage you: you cannot live in both worlds; you cannot serve God and the devil. It doesn't work; you can't have a little bit of the world and a little bit of the Lord. There is no compromise; it's God or nothing; it's God over everything; it's God above all. I encourage you to serve the Lord, serve the kingdom of God, serve Jesus Christ. The kingdom of darkness offers nothing of significance, nothing everlasting. But oh, the kingdom of God, that's a whole different story; this Kingdom offers eternal life, everlasting joy and peace. It offers you the privilege of one day being in the presence of the almighty.

So choose the kingdom of God, Saints; choose life over death; choose Jesus. The eyes of the Lord are seeking those who are fully committed in him, those who are fully trusting in him.

And so, dear friend, when you face obstacles in life, don't put your trust in people; trust in God. Don't rely on people or things; trust in God Almighty because he is seeking. For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the Earth just looking for the person who is fully committed and confident in him. You see, my main prayer point is, "Lord, help me, keep me alert. Open my eyes and ears so that I do not miss the signs you are giving us as your children." And here's why it's my main point: the Bible says in Acts 2:17: "And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my spirit on All Flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams."

What a shame, what a disaster it would be for any believer to miss this sign. We've been told here that in the last days, God will pour, he will release a steady flow of his Spirit on All Flesh. But what a shame it would be for any believer to miss the sign, what a shame it would be to miss out on the outpouring of God's wonderful spirit.

That's why my main prayer point is, "Lord, don't let me miss out on you pouring out your spirit. Don't let me miss out on this wonderful sign." We all know that we're given many different signs about what will happen in the last days, how people will act, how people will be unfaithful, how there will be a nation rising against nation. But those are not the signs I want to focus on; I do not want to miss the sign of God pouring out his spirit in the last days. I instead want to be a recipient, I want to be a partaker, I want the Holy Spirit to flood my life.

So, what is it that you are focused on in the last days? Because if you're not praying and watching, then that day of the Lord will sneak up on you like a thief in the night.

The Bible tells us in John chapter 14, verse 2 to 3: "In my father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also." The Bible says in Revelation 3:2-3: "Wake up, strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember therefore what you have received and heard; hold it fast and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you."

The Bible is calling us to wake up; the Lord wants us to wake up to the fact that there is a heaven and a hell, there is a day of judgment. If someone is driving down the road and they doze off or their attention wanders, they could very well miss some of the road signs telling them where to go.

Well, God has given us his children many signs to watch out for. The word of God is filled with signs to let us know that time is wrapping up; this world will not last forever. And that's good news! I don't know about you, but Heaven, from what I've read about heaven, it seems to be the better place. No more tears, no more sorrow, only joy, only peace. Oh, to be in the presence of the Lord for all of eternity, to be far away from the sickness and disease of this world, to be done with natural disasters and devastation.

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