Will the devil leave you alone if you stop serving Christ?

Today’s “Rightly dividing the Word” — Sometimes I have heard teachings like this– “If you are serving the Lord, it is like putting a target on your back, calling you to Satan’s attention, and making you someone he wants to attack; so watch out!” Or, I’ve heard some say, “The devil doesn’t waste his energy bothering someone who isn’t a threat to him.”
Might sound logical to us at first, like so much of what passes for theological talk in a bumper-sticker-slogans-on-the-church-sign age. But it leads people facing struggles in serving the Lord to believe that if they stop serving Christ in a public way, then maybe the devil will leave them alone, and their lives will get easier and more peaceful, if not more fruitful.
But does the word of God say, “Resist God’s calling. Submit to the devil’s desire that you waste your life, and he will leave you alone?” Of course not. In fact, the true biblical formula for getting Satan off your back is exactly the opposite: “Submit yourselves therefore to God,” James says. “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:7-8a
Keep serving the Lord and obeying Him, even when times are tough, and even when the devil is opposing you. When Satan opposes you, oppose him back by obeying the Lord. Then yours, not Satan’s, will be the victory in the end.

Satan’s Epitaph

The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire…. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
–Revelation 20:10

Sometime in the future:

Here, suffering the continuous agony he deserves, lies Satan.  (aka the devil, the tempter, the deceiver, the accuser of the brethren.)
Early in his life, known by his given name of Lucifer, he was given beauty and privilege and the pleasure of being in the presence of the Almighty, All-Knowing God.  However, suffering from overwhelming pride and delusions of grandeur, he decided to try to unseat the One and Only from His throne and take over.  (Isaiah 14:12-15)  Obviously, that was a plan doomed to failure.
Then Satan spent his life going to and fro about the earth in an a 24/7 attempt to get back at God for His righteous judgment.  (Job 1)  For thousands of years, Satan battled against God, facing one defeat after another, for it is written, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.”  (1 John 4:4)  With each attempt, Satan was multiplying the wrath of God that would eventually be his lot. (Matthew 25:41)
When the time came for humanity’s redemption, God Himself came to earth as a man to defeat Satan once and for all.  He allowed the devil to bruise His heel, but in the process, He crushed the devil’s head when He went to the cross and rose again.  (Genesis 3:15)
Because of that sacrificial death and resurrection, people who had been taken captive by the devil to do his will were set free, (2 Timothy 2:26) and they were guaranteed eternal life in heaven where they would be clothed in the spotless garments of the redeemed and live out the rest of eternity in bliss, loving and serving God and being loved by Him.  For it is written, “Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:17)
As time grew near for the end of Satan’s days of freedom, he suffered the horror of seeing those people, through no effort or merit of their own, defeating him utterly in the power of God.  For it is written, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Rev. 12:11)
In that moment, one of Satan’s most terrifying hours to date, it became more clear to him than ever before that unlike the Redeemed, he had absolutely no hope for the future whatsoever.  His anger flared up like never before (Rev. 12:12) and for a brief time he won some battles in his losing war.  He went on lying and deceiving many, but all the while he knew that in the end he would amount to nothing that lasts.  For it is written, “a lie is but for a moment, but the lips of truth will be established,” (Proverbs 12:19) and it is also written, “For this purpose was the Son of God revealed:  to destroy all the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
Satan would never attain the honor and glory he wanted.  He would not be worshiped for all eternity.  He would have no power, no prestige, no pleasure, no position, no purpose, and no reason for living.  He would always exist, but never live, and never escape God’s wrath.  Realizing that was coming, the devil grew all the more vengeful, angry, and violent.  But then, finally, the ultimate end came for him.  Christ Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords, defeated him and judged him and condemned him forever.  Then He cast him into the lake of fire, where he will always remain.
There, he will be completely engulfed from head to toe in the hottest flames that have ever burned.  His suffering will be without end and without pause.  The infinite wrath of an infinite God will be poured out upon him in full, excruciating measure.  And despite the power he wielded for a time on earth, there was never a single thing he could do to change that fact or improve his destiny.  For his epitaph was written long ago:  He “will be tormented day and night, forever and ever.”
Remember that the next time he bothers you.  Then take your focus off of him and start praising the Lord for what your future holds with Jesus.