Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Path in the Son

“I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

Many today make the claim that they want to be like Christ, but not many will choose to devote their heart, mind and soul to walking in His footsteps. They are not willing to deny their own knowledge and devote their lives to walking down the path that God has chosen for His children. God’s path is different and unfortunately not many choose it: “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). It is a path of self-denial and sacrifice, but also promised success. But many want the success without the sacrifice. These are people without faith who are not truly convinced that Jesus’ path can still lead to success in this present age.

Walking in the path of God’s Son is a choice we must make daily (Joshua 24:15). It is a daily decision to not give in to the temptations that try to pull us away from where that path leads. Those who choose to stay on their own path of sin cannot expect God to save them from this deadly choice of paths (Isaiah 59:2). God’s new covenant makes it clear that His power to save people from their sin is in the gospel (Romans 1:16). Walking in God’s path is a choice to accept His covenant of forgiveness. It is a path designed and defined by God that will lead us to the forgiveness of our sins.

God’s love for us is proven by His desire for us to be on the right path (1 Timothy 2:4) and He loves us enough to give us an opportunity to change the path we are currently on. It is clear that choosing any other path makes us opposed to God (Colossians 1:21). We cannot show our love for God if we stand opposed to His mind. Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). And although we may have chosen the wrong path, God still wants our forgiveness: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). Christ died for us that we might change the direction we are headed and find His path to forgiveness.

The path of the world leads to an unwanted destination, death (Ephesians 2:1). Any path not blazed by God’s Son is a path of destruction. Satan has devised and disguised his path so that we might think we are on the right path. He had Saul (before God gave him the name Paul) convinced he was on the right path. But God came to Saul in a great light and showed him the error of his ways (Acts 22:8). In ignorance, Saul stood opposed to God. The path he was on was leading him away from God and to death. But God gave him the opportunity to change the path he was on (Acts 22:16). God sent Jesus to help you change the path you are following. If you are following the path of man’s philosophy, there is time for you to make a change and walk with Jesus in the truth of the gospel.

In His Grace,
Cub

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