There are two great powers on earth. One is God and His kingdom and the other is Satan and his kingdom. These powers seek the consent of our will to serve them.
Satan, the master of the kingdom of this world, has many offers and promises for our services: a delightful and easy life with much pleasure, dancing, shows, gambling, card playing, drug and alcohol parties, and other entertainment. The devil delights in helping us to fulfill all our selfish desires. But dear friends, he never promises us anything for the hereafter. He never tells us about the great payday that is coming, nor about his subjects who are all awaiting their reward of "everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25:30-46). Neither does Satan remind us that he is the origin of all sin, shame, disappointment, and sorrow, resulting in physical and spiritual death. Oh, what a cruel master!
The other Master is the Lord God. Note His position: "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28:18). We may wonder what this Master has to offer in exchange for our service to Him. The Master's own words are, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Song, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). The first great promise is that we shall live forever. "But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life" (Mark 10:30). Thus we see Christ the Lord has something real, blessed, and lasting to give to those who faithfully serve Him, both now and in the life hereafter. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him" (1 Cor. 2:9).
How glorious indeed will the heavenly reward of the Lord be! How different from that of Satan! In order to receive great blessings from this all-powerful Master, we must yield ourselves fully to Him and obey His Word with all our hearts. We need to turn from sin, confess, and forsake our sinful lives. He then asks us to deny ourselves the lusts of the flesh. We need to live pure, sober, and honest lives, to visit the sick, help the poor, love everybody, and pray for all men.
So now dear friend, which master will you choose?
(From The Gospel Tract & Bible Society-Manitoba, Canada)