I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
28 And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
29 Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children. – 1 John 2:26-29
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” So says Jesus. “Follow me and we’ll have the best fun you’ve ever had.” One of those invitations is welcome and appealing. The other not an easy sale. Jesus’ invitation includes a reality check: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” The world’s invitation offers cheap thrills, easy ways, no pain, no cost. No problem; just fun, ease and happiness.
“There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” (Proverbs 16:25) There are those who really do want to lead us astray. There are those who wish to see the ruin of others – either because misery loves company. There are still others who wish to see our ruin – just because they have evil motives, and ill will toward others.
God’s people will seek to honor God, help their neighbor, and not lead others into temptation. We know the way we should go, and what is good and right. We remain in fellowship with Christ because we have been called by him, gifted with the Holy Spirit and recognize the lies of the evil one for what they are.
We remain in fellowship with Christ and when he returns we will greet him with joyful confidence. He has not pulled a fast one one us. He has not lied to us. He has told us the truth and the Spirit has confirmed that to be so in our hearts. Our Savior will not lead us astray. He leads us to life and eternal joy.