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Which Road In Life Are You On?

   

 The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.
Psalms 68:11

One of America's most popular poets, Robert Frost, once wrote:

   The Road Not Taken   


      T
wo roads diverged in a yellow wood, 

   And sorry I could not travel both  

   And be one traveler, long I stood  

   And looked down one as far as I could  

   To where it bent in the undergrowth;         

  

   Then took the other, as just as fair,  

   And having perhaps the better claim  

   Because it was grassy and wanted wear;  

   Though as for that, the passing there  

   Had worn them really about the same,   

  

   And both that morning equally lay  

   In leaves no step had trodden black.  

   Oh, I marked the first for another day!  

   Yet knowing how way leads on to way  

   I doubted if I should ever come back.   

  

   I shall be telling this with a sigh  

   Somewhere ages and ages hence:  

   Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,  

   I took the one less traveled by,  

   And that has made all the difference.

Which road in life to travel. . . a decision we must all make.
 

What is more important at this very moment – as you read these words – than your life? You love your life, don't you?  You have dreams and goals.

 

But even if you are healthy and live to a happy 100 years of age, you will die.  Your family and friends will die.  Every one.  The ultimate statistic is that 10 out of 10 people die.  Your personal success, your political ideology, even your religious beliefs won't stop the inevitable -- we all die.  What then?

 

Michael almost died in 2001 at the same time two passenger jet airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City.  Two thousand people's lives suddenly and unexpectedly ended.  At the same time Michael was battling to live after several days in a coma, his body ravaged by an unknown virus.  Doctors suspected West Nile -- from a mosquito bite -- a virus so deadly and contagious he was isolated in intensive care.  All his vital signs were shutting down.  Our family prepared for the worst, but he recovered.

Most of us travel along the road of life half-asleep. We enjoy ourselves and make plans for the future.  We don't think the road will end.  But some day we will step from this life into eternity.  Everything we love will vanish.  And then what? 

 

We won't be reincarnated as a butterfly. . . or anything else.  Some believe this life is all there is.  They are wrong.  We are more than just physical matter.

 

The one, true, living God who created everything. . . created us for eternity.

 

Your life -- even as you read these words -- is God's gift to you:  "In Him we live and move and have our being."  Without His sustaining power, our heart would stop.

When we die, we will stand before Him:.  He will judge us for everything we have done in this life – every thought, word and deed.  God will judge us by His standard of Holiness – moral perfection.  Are we perfect?

 

Perhaps we think we are good enough to go to heaven.  We haven't murdered or raped anyone.  But are we perfect?  Be honest.  None of us is.  Have we ever told a lie?  Stolen something, no matter how small?  Hated anyone?  Have we always honored the only true and living God who gave us life?  Or have we worshipped idols -- false gods made by the imaginations of men?

 

We think we are good by our personal, human standards.  But a Holy God demands that we be holy and without sin to enter His heaven.

God says no one is perfect. We all have broken His moral laws – the ones He wrote on our hearts.  Our conscience is a witness to our crimes against God.  He will judge us fairly.  His penalty for lawbreakers is. . . death. . .  followed by just punishment in His prison (hell) – not for ten years or a thousand -- but forever.  He does not condemn us.  The evidence of our lives does.  We are guilty and will deserve our sentence.

 

Can no one be saved? Must every human be found guilty?

 

Because He is a God of love and peace, He has made a way for us to be forgiven and made perfect in His sight.  Read our Forces That Changed the World and The Greatest Book – Ever.  God did make a Plan B for us.  We don't have to perish.

 

You might be surprised to know that all the great peoples of the past who died –Muhammad, Napoleon, George Washington, Chairman Mao, your great grandparents – are still alive – but not in their earthly bodies.  Their eternal spirit, the breath of life God breathed into them, is either with God in heaven or separated from Him in hell.  You, too, will live forever – but where?


You might say:  I don't believe that.  Or, I don't believe in God.  However, what you believe does not create objective reality.  2 plus 2 equals 4 because it is a logical truth.  Gravity is a scientific truth whether you believe it or not.  And God's law of sin and death is a spiritual truth just as real as any law of thermodynamics.

We are NOT writing about religion. . . but about a relationship with the only true and living God.  This is fact, truth, and what is ultimately real – not old traditions or superstitions or idols made of wood and stone.

 

We are all natural-born liars, thieves and rebels against God’s law of right and wrong.  By our own human power we cannot be “good” enough to please Him.  He must change us – supernaturally transform our basic nature from the sin-side out – and give us new hearts so we desire to please Him and live holy, sinless lives


Ask yourself right now:  what is the most important thing in my life?

 

If your immediate response was not "My personal relationship with God," then you are on the wrong road – the one that leads to destruction.  Your family should be important.  And education. Your career and life goals.  But if God is not #1 -- above all else -- you need to examine your priorities.

 

If we offered to give you a hundred dollars right this minute or the promise of one million dollars in a year. . . would you wait for the better gift?  God has given you your life now-- 70 or 80 years – but even that is not guaranteed.  Accidents happen.  Diseases can come unexpectedly.  People do die young.

 

But eternity awaits us all.  And then, what?

God made you.  He loves you.  Won't you please seriously consider what He has to say?