“Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world… Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:34; 25:41)
God’s Kingdom is like a festive banquet, we read yesterday. But in order to avoid blind spots, today I want to stress that declining God’s invitation does not just make you ‘miss out on a party’. Rejecting God has very serious consequences.
Jesus explains this with another parable. This time, it’s about a nobleman who receives a kingdom. But some citizens don’t want him to reign over them and send a delegation to plead their cause — to no avail. When the nobleman is crowned king, he orders his servants to bring his enemies, who did not want him to reign over them, and kill them (Luke 19:27).
This sounds pretty brutal, doesn’t it? But if human kings react like this, what will God do to people who reject Him while He is their Creator and has every right to be their King?! He will send them into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. They’ll have to spend eternity with the ‘king’ they chose above God, which will be horrible.
Please make sure you accept God’s invitation to become a citizen of His Kingdom!