I am a servant of God, born again through the blood of Jesus Christ because of the glorious teachings of the gospel of Christ. My heart is filled with hope, and I daily rejoice due to the wonderful assurances that are afforded the children of God. Even so, it is possible Christians could be “working for Satan” and not even realize it.
One may permit himself to play into the hand of Satan, and become an instrument of unrighteousness instead of righteousness. Satan is alive, he is our adversary, and as a roaring lion seeks to ensnare all Christians (1 Pet. 5:8). He works upon Christians in a very subtle manner, we must not be ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11 cf; 11:3).
We are working for Satan when we refuse to give the cause of Christ our potential strength for good. The Scriptures teach that one is to love God with all the heart, soul and mind (Matt. 22:37). Christians must seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness. The cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches garnish our strength. Our eyes are filled with the pleasures of wealth. We find no time in our busy schedules for God and truth. We have played right into the hand of Satan. Jesus affirmed, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matt. 12:30). Truly, Satan ensnares!
We are working for Satan when we are influenced by evil. Christians are epistles (2 Cor. 3:2), people of influence (Rom. 14:7). Either we are good epistles and influences, or we are evil! Jesus called his people salt and light. But, if the salt loses its saltiness, it is good for nothing. How do people see us? Does Jesus rule in our lives, or do we permit Satan to control? “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33). Do we warm our hands around the fires of the enemy, or are we seeking the fellowship of the saints?
We are working for Satan when we openly oppose the truth. Jesus said the truth will make men free (Jn. 8:32). Elymas would “pervert the right ways of the Lord” (Acts 13:10). One might oppose truth by teaching error, upholding the hands of the false teacher, sending money to causes that are wrong; or, simply ignoring the truth, failing to live proper examples, failing to instill truth in our children. Paul proclaimed that many religious individuals walked, yet often improperly. “Brethren, be followers together of me and mark them which walk so as you have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) For our conversation is in heaven; from where also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Phil. 3:17-20). John warns, “He that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” (2 Jn. 11). Stand up for God and truth; and against Satan and error.
We are working for Satan when we pervert the Scriptures. The Scriptures not only stand as God’s pattern for leadership and direction as we go through life; but at the judgment, these Scriptures are that embodiment of teachings by which all shall be judged (Jn. 12:48). James cautioned teachers (either public or private; by word of mouth or by example) that they would receive the greater condemnation (Jam 3:1). We are responsible for what we believe, stand for, and teach to others. Satan will attempt to get one to compromise on this issue or that one. Satan will convince one that it does not really make any difference what one believes and will lead in the writing of religious creeds and rules. However, when one leaves the teachings of Christ and his apostles, he no longer has God (2 Jn. 9 f; Acts 2:42). That is the problem with error. We have just cut ourselves off from the only hope of salvation. How about it? Is it worth the price?
When the day comes that I am judged by God, I will stand before him without excuse. I cannot claim ignorance because God doesn’t wink at ignorance anymore (Acts 17:30). Even so, I have been taught from a child to know right from wrong (2 Tim 3:15). I know what the scriptures say and how to rightly divide them (2 Tim 2:15). All is left for me is to remain faithful to it, and I know that is not easy for any man. My goal in life is to first save myself (Acts 2:40) and secondly to save others (1 Tim 4:16) from the wrath to come to those who know not God and obey not the gospel of Christ (2 Thess 1:7-9).
I refuse to permit Satan to control me and lead me astray. “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that clay” (2 Tim. 1:12). My advice to you is the same advice I take myself. Obey the gospel of Christ (Rom 10:10 f; Acts 2:38), continue in the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (2 Jn 9 f; Acts 2:42) , endure persecutions (2 Tim 3:12), and remain faithful unto death (Rev 2:10). Don’t let Satan steal the only thing of value you have, your soul. “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded (Jam 4:7,8). Remember, we can’t love this present world and God at the same time. Satan is offering you this world in exchange for your soul (Matt 16:26). We must lose this present life in order to gain eternal life (Matt 16:25). Choose this day whom you will serve__God or Satan. It’s a decision that will determine where you will spend your eternity.