At this present moment in time many people across this world after being on lockdown because of COVID-19 are eager to go back into the pride of life in this world, as an example, nightclubs, bars, sports venues, casinos, race tracks, concerts, cinemas, theaters, private clubs and so on to past the time in this world.
Our Lord Jesus says: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his [CROSS DAILY], and [FOLLOW ME]” (Luke 9:23). “And he that [TAKETH NOT HIS CROSS, AND FOLLOWETH AFTER ME, IS NOT WORTHY OF ME]” (Matthew 10:38).
“He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. [IF ANY MAN SERVE ME, LET HIM FOLLOW ME; AND WHERE I AM, THERE SHALL ALSO MY SERVANT BE]” (Matthew 12:24-26).
“No man, having put his hand to the plough, and [LOOKING BACK], is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). “But he that shall [ENDURE UNTO THE END], the same shall be [SAVED]” (Matthew 24:13).
“Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32)?
Lot, his wife and two daughters were elected to be SAVED from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels of God told them, saying: “Escape for thy life; [LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE], neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:17).
Lot’s wife did not BELIEVE the word of God as spoken by the angels of God :…”LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE,…”.. Lot’s wife was disobedient to the word of God; LOT’S WIFE DID NOT ENDURE TO THE END AND LOST HER SALVATION! Lot’s wife loved life so much in Sodom and Gomorrah that she had to have one last look, but it was not to be, because she turned into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).
We are not to look back on this earth to the LUSTS, PLEASURES, AND PRIDE OF LIFE, in other words, the “pollutions” of this world because Peter, a disciple of Jesus warned, saying:
“[FOR IF AFTER THEY HAVE ESCAPED THE POLLUTIONS OF THE WORLD] through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, [THE LATTER END IS WORSE WITH THEM THAN THE BEGINNING]” (2 Peter 2:20).
“[TAKE HEED, BRETHREN, LEST THERE BE IN ANY OF YOU AN EVIL HEART OF UNBELIEF, IN DEPARTING FROM THE LIVING GOD]. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto [THE END]” (Hebrews 3:12-14).
“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen” (Philippians 4:23).