Someone asked me what happened to cause me to become more interested in God and the church, what happened to me that motivated the growth of my faith. I answered that although I was living a rebellious life, God was nearly always on my mind. And one day I finally admitted I could not save myself, that in fact I was slipping deeper into an abyss even as I was trying to be good and do good things in my own name. That was when I realized nothing I could do would equal in value the ransom necessary to save my life. Then, seeing my utter failure as a saint, I remembered Jesus had already paid my ransom; I just needed to embrace him and thank him for it.
In Matthew 10:38-39 we read, “…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Indeed, living life to the glory of self is to take a dark meandering path that leads down a dead end street. But living for the glory of God is to take a bright straight line path into eternity. Which path will you take?