I had a vision. After reading Jeremiah 6:16, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls,” I closed my eyes and found myself standing in a desert place with Christ at my right side. There was a set of two paths before me—one on my left and one on my right.
The path to the left looked very overgrown—lots of brush and thistles, thorns and briars that had grown onto the trail. The path to the right was well-traveled and had no obstacles in the road. I turned my eyes to the Lord and I, following the prophet’s instructions, asked the Lord for the ancient path…where the good way was.
He spoke to me:
“The road to your left is the road of the prophets—those who boldly proclaimed My word without compromise and who had set their faces like flint against the gods of this age and the men who sought their very heads.”
“It is the road of my evangelists—those who had such a passion for saving souls from the fires of hell that they traveled into the deepest, darkest places of the earth just to preach My Gospel.”
“It is the road of my apostles—those who had such authority in the place of prayer and fasting that their very presence in a city would shake down the foundations of every religious system that men had put in place. Their faith was established upon love and humility—they had completely surrendered their lives to My perfect plans and purposes and endeavored themselves to walk it out in fullness. They learned that the true power of heaven comes through intimacy with Me and many died for it.”
“It is the road of my pastors—those who daily lay their lives down for the sake of my people. They loved not their lives unto death and some have died as a martyr defending even the smallest of flocks. These are those who had learned to be faithful with little. They now have been given much in heaven.”
“It is the road of my teachers—those who have many times spend countless hours learning about Me and My ways for the sake of others who have a desperate cry to know as much as they can about Me. These are those who have laid their lives down for the sake of those who would come after them and have willingly set aside many of their own dreams and ambitions in order to teach those who have little or no knowledge of Me.”
“This road is the ancient path. This road is the good road. If you choose to walk this path, great will be your reward in heaven. It is a road marked with obstacles and the enemy follows hard after those who travel this path because of the impact of their lives for My Kingdom’s sake. It is not easy. Without me, it is impossible. Without true intimacy with Me, if you choose this road, you will surely die.”
“The other road is one that is well-traveled. There are detours on this road that will still lead to Me, and I am with those who walk it. However, these have chosen the easy way. They have chosen the role of sheep and not as those who would truly lay their lives down in the face of adversity. These are those who have little hunger for the things of My Kingdom. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled—and those who seek Me find Me. This road is marked with prosperity preaching and a humanistic mindset—“what can I get out of this gospel?” is the question in the hearts of those who walk this road. Many who take this road never truly find me. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul?”
He turned to me with fire in His eyes and yet spoke with a softness that pierced my heart.
“Son of man, which road do you choose?”
Without a moment of hesitation, I turned to my left and said that I wanted to walk the road less traveled…the ancient path that was beset with adversity that I knew the Lord would turn into adventure. He smiled warmly and turned to walk with me. A soft wind picked up and began to blow upon our backs as we walked down towards the start of this overgrown path.
“You have chosen wisely, my child. Come, I have much to show you.”