Have you ever heard someone tell another to go to the Devil? It is usually meant as an extreme sign of contempt for the other. However, many people and some are Christians, are constantly going to the Devil. If they are not careful in what they do, they are going to spend an eternity with him.
Many people go to the Devil for their philosophies of life. We hear of atheism, agnosticism, humanism, etc.” We hear the attitude that says, “Surely a loving God will save everybody.” Or we hear, “It doesn’t make a bit of difference what I believe or do, as long as I am sincere and try to help my fellow man.” That is the Devil’s advice. The Bible teaches us to be wary of his philosophy: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, rather than according to Christ”‘ (Col. 2:8).
In connection with the Devil’s philosophies we find those who think that they can be saved apart from the means that Jesus named. “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Any other method that excludes belief and baptism (Mk. 16:16) will not save and is the Devil’s method.
Some would go to the Devil for their occupations. I am referring to those jobs that are sinful, or that lead other to sin. If you have a job that hinders your serving the Lord, quit it, for your soul is worth more than any occupation.
In relation to our friends, some of us will go to the Devil to choose our closest ones. Certainly we ought to go to our brothers and sisters in Christ first. “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33). Probably more important than our friends is our choice of a marriage partner. Parents, teach your children to follow the examples of righteous men and women in the Bible and not to go to the Devil for mates. Paul said that he had the right to have a wife who is a believer (1 Cor. 9:5), although he did not exercise that right, remaining single. He taught that saints should not be bound with unbelievers in 2 Cor. 6:14. 1 Cor. 7 tells the saints who is already living with an unbeliever not to seek to be released from that bond.
In another area we often go to the Devil is in our entertainment. Places where lusts are easily aroused, drunkenness is encouraged and the suchlike are certainly not places where a saint ought to be. Consider your entertainments: are they of the Devil? Even proper entertainment can be of the Devil if one engages in it when he ought to be serving God. Do you miss worship services to attend entertaining events?
If one were told to go to the Devil to find reading material would he find what you are reading? As with the forms of entertainment, if you engage only in secular reading and do not study the word of God, you are caught in another of the Devil’s vices. We sometimes think of different kinds of libraries public, private, children’s, etc. Do you go the Devil’s library?
I hope that no one who calls themselves the saints of God will find contempt with another and be told to go to the Devil. But, if you do, or you overhear it, please try to remember this short lesson. Where are you going? To Christ or the Devil? With whom will you spend your eternity? With Christ or the Devil? It depends on where you are going now. Go to Jesus and resist that old Devil and he will flee from you! (Jam 4:7).