O for a humbler walk with God! Lord, bend this stubborn heart of mine;
Subdue each rising, rebel thought, and all my will conform to thine.
O for a holier walk with God! A heart from all pollution free;
Expel, O Lord, each sinful love, and fill my soul with love to thee.
O for a nearer walk with God! Lord, turn my wandering heart to thee;
Help me to live by faith in Him who lived and died and rose for me.
Lord, send thy Spirit from above with light and love and power divine;
And by his all-constraining grace, make me and keep me ever thine.
Edward Harland (1810-1890)
Are you on the road driving along with no particular place to go, no purpose, wondering where you will end up? Will it be in a good place or a bad place?
Who’s on your team? Who’s in your inner circle? Are they helping in the direction of your life? Are you investing your time being positive, with the people you’re with and the things you are doing? A lot of questions eh! Have you ever thought about these things in your day-to-day living?
Jesus had an inner circle of friends who he collected with a purpose of fulfilling what his Father needed him to do during his time on earth. There was Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Mary Magdalene, Timothy, even Judas, to name a few. Even though some were sketchy, there was a purpose of their being together, for Jesus to complete his mission.
Isaiah 30:21 says, “Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”. Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.”
The friends you hang out with, are they good influences, or are there underlying agendas they want you to partake in that could lead you into trouble. Are you just listening to yourself to make the decision which way to go, or are you listening to God speaking through your heart, letting Him direct your feet?
In John 14:6 Jesus is saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Many are saying today, even the Pope of the Catholic Church, that there are other ways to get to heaven. If he read his Bible, he would know that that is not so. There is only one way!
Our will is not always a sure thing. To some people it’s their way or the highway, or it’s their way or no way! Right from the first time Jesus taught the Lord’s Prayer to his disciples he was showing, directing them and us that, “Thy [God’s] will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10. Yes, we have a mind and can make choices, but our way alone is weak.
When Jesus was at the Mount of Olives, just before he was to be betrayed, he went off to pray by himself and he said, “Father, if it is your will, take this cup away from me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours be done.”. Luke 22:42. Again, Jesus knew that it wasn’t up to him to make the decision not to die on the cross, it was God’s decision that it must be done to save humanity from themselves. From the beginning of time people were making terrible decisions by themselves, that were costing them everything, over and over again. God’s decision to have Jesus pay the ultimate price to save humanity was his last ditch effort to redeem us and assist us in making better decisions from now on.
Saul, later known as Paul was a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and an apostle. A bondservant is a person who does service to another without pay. An apostle is a person sent on a mission of importance. Paul realized that, “For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.”. Romans 7:18-8:2. Paul knew that through his own way, he would lose eternity, but by the will of God he would prevail in life on earth and fulfil his purpose as an apostle for Jesus.
When Paul visited with the Colossians, he wanted them to understand as he prayed for them that, “…you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10
Again, it’s not our will or our way that we need to be listening to.
Lastly, Jesus relays through the apostle John, a message to us which is a strong one. “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us for all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us for all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:5-9
Which way will you choose? The choice you make could be life saving. The path is lit for you.
Thou hast placed me on the highway that to all men I may prove
There is a mission in my living, there is meaning in my word;
Saviour, in my daily striving may this message yet be heard.
For thy mission make me holy, For thy glory make me thine,
Sanctify each moment fully, Fill my life with love divine.
Col. Brindley Boon (1913-2009)