Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Down the Line

From the devotions based on the teaching of Ray Stedman.

From the start, the Scriptures take pains to point out to us that there are only two ways to live. There is the broad way, which many are taking, which looks so logical but leads to destruction; and there is the narrow way, which begins at the point where an individual stands alone before God and must make a decision, the narrow way that leads unto life, as God intended life to be lived (Matthew 7:13-14). Which way are you taking?

Young people are facing the siren call of the world, with its appeal to luxury, comfort, ease, achievement, and acquisitiveness. It is not that Christians cannot use these things. Paul tells us we are to use, but not abuse, the things of the world (see 1 Corinthians 10:23.). But throughout the Scriptures we are warned, "Do not love the world or anything in the world" (1 John 2:15). Do not make anything in the world the center around which you build your life. If this is all-important to you, you are doomed. Jesus said that if you try to save your life on these terms, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for His sake, you will save it (Matthew 16:24-25).

Let God heal the sickness of the human heart with its hunger for self-centeredness and self-exaltation through the working of the gospel, through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ; then you can begin to live. It is the way that leads to life—life as God intended it. It may be that this life will not include in it luxuries and comforts, but they are down the line somewhere. God has these in mind for all His people. All that the heart hungers after will ultimately be supplied in Jesus Christ.

Lord, I choose to take the narrow path—the one that may not be the easy way, but it is the way that leads to life.

1 comment:

Walking Church said...

'Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.' (Col 3.2)

I find myself asking about 'stuff'. . . it won't matter much in 25 or latest 50 years for me.

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus...what else is there of any value. Where He is, is where I want to be.

Found Hidden in Him and He in me.