Welcome again to this week's word for the week. There is a straight and narrow road that leads to God. There is a wide open road that leads to destruction. You have a choice on which road you decide to choose. Both of those roads will definitely lead you somewhere but either place is very opposite of the other. One will lead you to torment and the other will lead you to eternal life. Again, you get to decide which road you take but it’s important to realize that in life those are really the only roads to choose from. Let’s go further.
Let me use two different illustrations in order to make the point this week. I live in Savannah, GA. If you were to look at a map of the city you will find that I-77 is nowhere to be found on that city map. There is a road called I-77 but that road is literally two hours away in South Carolina. You cannot give local directions and include I-77 because it is a road that does not exist here. One does not get to pick and choose which roads exist where they live as most of those roads have been decided on long before most of us were here.
My point is that we don’t always have a choice on which road we want to travel on. If the road does not exist where you live then you cannot travel on that road where you are. You will have to go to where that road is. It is the same way in our walk with Christ. You don’t get to pick out the roadway you think is convenient for you. You have to follow along on the pathway that is set before you. Any other road you pick and choose will only lead you away from the destination God has chosen for you. It’s very important to get that principle in life as it will bless you and spare you from aggravation.
I’m from an area in Pittsburgh known as Duquesne. When I was growing up there was a road called 837 that we would take to Clairton. In my days that road was the last road whoever was teaching you how to drive would take you on. The thought was that if you could drive on 837 then you could drive anywhere. What was it about that road that made people say that? The road was very narrow without much room. You literally had to stay in the middle of your lane with no room to swerve or drift.
There’s a point to that as well. How much are you ready for from God if you have not demonstrated both a willingness and ability to stay on a straight road? So often we say we’re ready for more but we don’t want to take the tests in life that will prove it. Please make sure you understand me here. We’re not taking the test to impress God. We’re taking the test to show we’re ready and at the very least we are at least willing to try. Anyone who has driven on 837 a few times does not panic on the road after that. Likewise, there are roads that we must travel in order to build up our faith and confidence in God.
Now let’s tie those two points together in order to better make the point this week. We cannot pick our own pathways and we definitely cannot choose roads that do not exist where we are in life. We also must be willing to navigate the narrow pathways that are difficult but will develop us for much greater things. We cannot afford to choose roads that appear to be easy but are really destructive to and for us. When they ran out of wine at that wedding we see that Mary told the people there to do whatever Jesus said. They did and they were greatly blessed because of their obedience.
We are rapidly closing out this year and yet there is nothing about the promises of God that are too late now. This is not the time to throw your hands up and quit. This is the time to be just as diligent as you were in the beginning of the year when you had great expectations for new things. One of the biggest delays for most people is the very fact that they’re not willing. They’re not willing to sacrifice. They’re not willing to give up their time or anything else for that matter. They want everything to simply go easy and yet well. The truth is that it doesn’t work that way.
Be honest with yourself for a moment. How stubborn are you? Are you so stubborn until no matter what God says you will still insist on doing it your way? Are you so stubborn until you literally feel that God has to meet you where you are instead of you meeting Him where He is? This is clearly not the time to be caught up in self. This is the time to yield and say yes to God. This is the time to submit to His will. Again, it’s not too late for you to see the promises God has in store for you this year.
I’ll leave you with this thought for the week. If it’s not about you why make it about you? If your life truly belongs to God then why live as if it belongs to you? If you’re truly thankful for God then why live as if you’re ungrateful? My point is simple. If you love God as you say, if He’s been as good as you say, if you’re hungry for Him as you say, and if you really want more of Him in your life then there is no good thing you would withhold from Him because there is no good thing He will withhold from you. Don’t let weariness rob you of your blessings!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon