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Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)
TITLE: THE CROSSROADS (ii)
By Lucy Cain
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This is what the LORD says: "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. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.' NIV
The crossroads. Picture it. A place where two paths cross one another. Four different directions. Choices to make. Which way do we go?
My father was born in the country. His parents bought a farm that lies at a crossing of two roads. Whenever we go to the farm we stop at these crossroads and look in both directions before proceeding.
We all have choices to make in life. We arrive at different crossroads each and every day, and sometimes moment by moment! Iíve been there many times,
and Iím sure you have too.
Our walk with the Lord has two roads that cross one another. One road is named ďthe way of the crossĒ and the other road is named ďthe way of the world.Ē We canít follow both at any given time. We make choices. We decide on a direction to take. That moment of decision is when we stand at the crossroads and look both ways and commit to turning one way or another.
Jesus died for you and for me. He took up our burdens and our sins and nailed them to the cross. He could have denied us. He could have refused the Fatherís will, but He didnít. He asked the Father to remove this cup from Him, but what happened after that? He said, ďnot my will but yours be done.Ē He chose to proceed, willingly.
Romans 5:8 says, ďBut God demonstrates his own love for us in this: When we were still sinners Christ died for us.Ē NIV
Heís provided for us an opportunity to be washed clean, to be forgiven, to live eternally with Him in heaven. Itís a gift, not a command. He calls, but itís up to us whether or not we follow HimÖ.
We stand at the crossroads and look in all directions. First we look at the rocky road behind us and where we have been. Then we look ahead and wonder where that same road will eventually lead us. Next we look at the smoother road to our left. Thatís the road that came from Calvary. We look right and realize that same road leads to Heaven for all eternity!
Which way will you go? Will you continue on the same rocky, boulder-strewn road youíve been on all your life? Or, will you choose to follow the way of the cross? That road will lead you on a more peaceful journey until you reach your final destination of eternity with the Savior!
Itís your choice. If God has caught your attention, donít be like the Israelites in Jeremiah who chose not to follow the road God laid before them.
If youíve stopped at the crossroads today, make a commitment to turn off the road headed for eternal destruction! Follow the way of the cross. It will give rest to your soul, and it will lead you Home.
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