Saturday, March 1, 2014
Even though I took this photo in the white town of Caesare in Spain, it reminds me of an Irish song -- the one that begins, "You take the high road and I'll take the low road..." Here, in this town perched on a hillside, we had a choice -- veer to the right and take the steep upward roadway, or continue walking straight along an easier, slightly downhill roadway. Which would you choose?
Then there's the line from the famous poem about a road that diverged in two directions by Robert Frost who wrote, "I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference." The poem reminds me very much of a verse in Jeremiah: "This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls" 6:16.
We all want rest for our souls, but directional decisions can stress us out and rob us of that restful spirit. We frequently come upon crossroads in our lives where we must choose which direction we are going to take. Teenagers and young adults seem to be faced with the greatest number of crossroads, but they continue to pop up at any age -- and they are usually much harder to choose the wisest direction than the choice of roadways in this photo.
While there are many important decisions and directions we must choose in our lives, there is one decision and direction that is the very most important -- that is the decision whether to accept Christ as Savior to forgive your sins, which directly affects the direction you will take when you expel your last breath (that would be, upward or downward). There is a verse in Matthew that speaks of that particular crossroad: "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it" 7:13-14.
This is such a vitally important decision that, from time to time, I feel compelled to include a bit about the way of salvation and the necessity to choose that way. "Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth and the life, no man comes to the Father but by Me.'"
Here are the simple steps to find that way and choose that right path:
--Confess that you are a sinner unable to save yourself and in need of a Savior.
--Accept the fact that Christ died for your sins and offers you the free gift of salvation.
--Ask Christ Jesus to forgive you from your sins and save you through His shed blood.
--Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.
--Thank Him for His amazing gift to you and know that you are now His child and are assured a home with Him in heaven some day.
After you've been born again through the gift of salvation through Jesus, you should begin to seek Him and His will for your life. The more you learn about your amazing Savior, the more you will love Him and learn from Him.
Choose the right path and you will never, ever be sorry. It will be the best decision you ever make! As Robert Frost wisely said of choosing the right path, "...it has made all the difference."