Our pastor just finished a series of sermons on "The Sermon on the Mount", and some of those great messages are still on my mind. There is hardly a paragraph in the "Sermon on the Mount" in which the life of the Christian is not shown to be in contrast. Sometimes it is with the Gentiles or the heathen, and sometimes with the Jews or the religious people. The Christian life is described as an ongoing choice of one way or the choice of another way. There are two roads, two gates, two masters, two treasures, two ways of seeing, two pre-occupations in life, two foundations to build on, and finally, two ways to respond to His words.
In the Old Testament, God set out to call a people to Himself. And words of Jesus, "Do not be like them," are giving the same call to be different, as the words God used when He told the people of Israel, "I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices" Lev. 18:1-3
There is not a choice of a third road, and a choice to accept gray, for the gray is created by man as is the third road. Jesus only mentioned two choices, and the Bible tells us that it is not complicated or confusing, but anyone can see the differences and make the right choice. How blessed (happy) beyond measure is the man or woman who chooses the following road:
"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not passover it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." Isaiah 35:8
God bless you today, and always remember that you are loved!!!
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Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!