Friday, March 6, 2009
Away with Jesus?
“He who is not with Me is against Me.”
After Jesus cast the demons out of the man who lived among the tombs, they went into a herd of pigs and ran over a cliff. When the people saw that, instead of rejoicing that their neighbor was saved, “they began to plead with Him to depart from their region” (Mark 5:17).
That really sums up the reaction of all humankind to Jesus Christ. You are either saying, “Jesus, I want to be close to you,” or you are saying, “Jesus, go away. I don’t want you in my life.”
You might protest, “Now wait a second. I admit that I haven’t yet made a commitment to Christ. I’m simply saying I haven’t decided yet.”
But if you don’t say yes to Jesus, you are essentially telling Him to go away. Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Luke 11:23).
Either you have faith and trust in Christ or you have unbelief. There is no other option.
Have you said, “Away with Him?” You say, “What do you mean, away with Him. I have never said, ‘Go away Jesus.’ ”
Maybe you have, indirectly. Maybe you resisted God’s work in your heart. Maybe you don’t want to give up some things in your life that you know are wrong. Or maybe you are just too busy—you have time for everything but Jesus.
It really boils down to this—what have you done with Jesus? What are you going to say right now? “Away with Jesus!” Or will you ask Him to become a part of your life?
He offers you His forgiveness. Take it. The choice is yours. Don’t put it off.
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