I want to share a thought that was laid on my heart recently… a secret that many people do not realize! And the secret is…
Satan wants you to be a good person.
That is the raw, painful truth. The Devil wants you to be a good person! In fact, he’ll even help you to be that person! He’ll give you the money, the power, and the fame to be the best person you can be! He’ll give you Nobel Peace Prizes and plaques for your wall. He’ll spread your picture on the front cover of TIME, and send your autobiography straight to the bestseller’s list! He will help you achieve all of this and more if you help other people be just a good of a person as you are! Build hospitals and orphanages in third world countries. Dig wells on the dry, African plains. Build huts in the cold plateaus. Rescue, adopt, protect, advocate, pursue, visit, fight, give, sacrifice, nurture, campaign… do it all!
Even better, do it in the name of Christianity. Yes! Yes! Win the ultimate Oscar and call yourself a Christian in the process. Nothing would make the Devil happier.
Because hell is full of good people… of good “Christians”!
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” -Matthew 7:21-22
Oh, the sad, heartbreaking truth. Many do wonderful things in the name of the Lord. But do you know something? You don’t have to! Our Savior does not require good works from you. He only requires one very simple thing from us… our LOVE. The same love that He created in us from the moment of our conception. It is there hidden in our souls waiting for us to make the conscious decision to give it back to HIM! No tricks.. no lies.. no hidden fees.
It is true that heart-Christians do good works just as many name-Christians do. The difference lies in why we do them. The heart-Christian does it out of love and devotion to the Savior not because we have to or feel like we must in order to win His approval. We do it because we find joyful fulfillment in being used as a channel for God’s goodness and love! We do it because we want to do them; we want to do them because we LOVE HIM! Oh the joy! Heart-Christians do it so that we may live with Him one day in His home, the home He went to prepare for us! Let me be honest, the fact that His home happens to be a celestial, eternal paradise free of pain, sorrow, or time is secondary… yes, you read that completely correct, secondary! We Love Him so where He makes His home is where we chose to make ours.
The name-Christian does it because that’s what he believes will save his soul. He has no love for the One who’s name they bear… Many don’t even know who He is personally! They’ve been told that good people go to heaven and that is all they are interested in. The Devil knows that if you are so focused on saving your soul through good works, you don’t have time to stop and ponder on the “who and why” behind your actions. All he is interested in is that you believe you are going to heaven… but, my friend, be careful, because he is giving you a first class, all-inclusive, one-way ticket straight to hell. Let me tell you, there is no returning from the fiery abyss that awaits him and all he deceives. Many good people –good “Christians”- would give every last dollar, every praise and plaque, every Nobel prize to save his soul from that eternal, engulfing, and inescapable death.
A heart- Christian is like a young girl who fell in love. If her beloved was poor and lived in a one room cabin, she would gladly live with him there because she loves him and being with him is the most important thing to her regardless of where his home is.
On the other hand, the name-Christian is like a young girl who married a man because he lives in a mansion and will offer her everything her heart desires to live a fabulous and comfortable life. Love doesn’t dwell there, and she will always be doing things to compensate for it. She’ll join charities, build hospitals, and dig wells to fill her soul. Unsuccessfully trying to compensate for the lack of love till one day she will come to the end of her days lonely, sad, and unfulfilled.
Little does the girl who married the poor boy know that her beloved is a wealthy prince living a simple life among his subjects to get to know them personally. He is building her a palace! When the time is right, he will take his bride to live there with him happily ever after. That bride knows the truth in her own heart and though it thrills her, the thought that she will be forever with her beloved is even more thrilling!
A fairy tale? Not even close!
Tell me, which one are you, and where will you spend eternity?
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” –Matthew 16: 25-26
A girl in love with her Savior!