Imagine you’re an athlete—football to be precise. You’re a well-honed, highly skilled, fighting machine and now…two teams want to recruit you! You have the opportunity to decide. In life, there are only two teams—The Kingdom of Light vs. The Kingdom of Darkness. Whose team are you on?
First of all you might want to know a little about each team’s captain, before you choose.
Kingdom of Light Team Captain—Jesus
- He is the Son of God and the Word of God made flesh. (John 1:1, John 1:14)
- Born in Bethlehem, but currently resides in Heaven. (Matthew 2:1-2, Luke 24:50-51)
- Well-known for miracles: raising the dead; healing the sick, blind and maimed; walking on water; controlling the weather; and multiplying food to feed thousands. (Matthew 8:16-17, Matthew 8:25-27, Matthew 9:23-25, Matthew 14:19-21)
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Dying for the sins of all mankind. (John 3:16-17)
JESUS’ MOTTO: “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10, NKJV
Choose the Kingdom of Light if you…
- Don’t like darkness, fear, depression, sickness or death. (1 John 1:5-6)
- Prefer happiness, true friends, joy and fun that doesn’t hurt you later. (Psalm 16:11)
- Prefer to be loving, intelligent, beautiful, kind, forgiving and faithful. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- Prefer to be positive and full of hope. (Philippians 4:8)
- Plan on going to Heaven.(Matthew 7:21)
Now, here’s some background on the opponent.
Kingdom of Darkness Team Captain–Satan
- He is the Father of Lies and was kicked out of Heaven for rebellion.( John 8:44, Luke 10:17-19)
- He rules Hell, but freely roams the earth for a little while.(Revelation 12:12)
- Well-known for destruction: killing people through sickness, accidents, terrorism and wars. He loves to tempt people to sin; then, he makes them feel guilty for sinning and tempts them to commit suicide. (1 Peter 5:8, James 1:14-15)
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Luring souls to Hell. (Revelation 12:9)
SATAN’S MOTTO: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” John 10:10, NKJV
Choose the Kingdom of Darkness if you…
- Believe being afraid and breaking rules is exciting. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
- Think nice people are nerds and hate it when anyone tells you what to do. (1 Samuel 15:23)
- Feel weird when things are going well. You enjoy feeling sorry for yourself. (1 Corinthians 10:10)
- Prefer to be unforgiving, cunning, sexy, mean, angry and untrustworthy. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
- Prefer to be negative and believe the worst, except the part about Hell being real.( Matthew 10:28)
Watch out! Satan doesn’t play fair. His playbook includes: unbelief, offense, strife, jealousy, sickness, confusion, violence, depression and death. Plus, he will not follow rules—he will come against your marriage, children, finances, employment, church and especially your walk with God.
Most people don’t knowingly choose the kingdom of darkness, yet don’t realize that every “dark” decision we make, takes us further from God.
Matthew 7:13-14, Living Bible – “Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate! The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide enough for all the multitudes who choose its easy way. But the Gateway to Life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.”
So, what are some ways we can stay on Team Jesus?
- Go to practice—Church. The more you practice, the better you become. How can you be a part of a team if you never play with the team? (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Ask the Coach for help. Pray to God the Father in Jesus’s name. (John 14:12-14)
- Obey the Umpire—God’s Holy Spirit lives inside every player on Team Jesus. He will tell us what is “safe” and what is “out”. There are penalties when we disobey God, but great rewards when we are faithful. (Colossians 3:15, AMP, Hebrews 11:6)
- Train at home—Pray and read your Bible on your own so you can be a strong asset to the team. (Luke 18:1, Psalm 1:1-3)
- Wear YOUR team’s uniform—Don’t wear the enemy’s uniform by dressing like him or acting like him. (Romans 13:14, Luke 6:43-45)
“…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15, New King James Version –