Two Paths

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?

 

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I am a depraved, morally bankrupt wretched sinner through and through. I’ve attended church sporadically most of my life, haven’t spent a minute in seminary and only recently gave the Bible more than a cursory review. I’ve attended exactly one theology class and I dropped out of that. However, in spite of my moral infidelity, I’ve come to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I’ve learned my salvation isn’t the result of what I do, but rather what Jesus has done on my behalf. I didn’t find the Holy Spirit, He found me. And in our relationship I have invited Him to change me, to use me for His purpose, to conquer my will with His own. Praise the Lord, for even an unworthy, chronic sinner like me can experience and give testimony to His glory!
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