On the Road with the Redeemer!
Wednesday, May, 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM | by asmith
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Our world is full of literal and figurative roads. Every Christ-follower should take three spiritual pathways. First, you must travel the Damascus Road of salvation. Like Saul, acknowledge your sin and your need for a Savior. In Acts 9, the illuminating light of Christ knocked Saul off his high-horse of arrogance. Saul repented of his sin and ran into Christ’s embrace of grace. The Damascus Road represents connection to Christ and the transformation of salvation.
Next King Jesus directs us to the Jericho Road of serving. Jesus told the story of a man who was robbed and beaten on the treacherous highway between Jerusalem and Jericho. An unlikely hero, tagged as the Good Samaritan, translated compassion into action by helping a hurting stranger. Jesus calls us to be His agents of service on the Jericho Road that runs through our town.
The third path that each Christ-follower should choose each day is the Emmaus Road of consciously walking with Christ. Following the resurrection, two men encountered Jesus on a stretch of road leading to the village of Emmaus. Initially, they did not identify the Savior. As they walked along Jesus revealed to them the great truth of the Scripture that Christ is the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. As those two disciples broke bread with Jesus, their eyes were opened and they recognized the risen Savior. Each day, you should walk with Jesus on the Road to Emmaus because it is the path of reshaping your attitudes and actions into the likeness of Christ. Invite the Lord to recalibrate you to His standards of love, purity and serving. Walking the Emmaus Road means you will consistently be conscious of the presence of Christ in everyone and in everything. When you walk the Emmaus Road with Jesus, the ordinary becomes extraordinary; the natural becomes supernatural; the daily is colored with the divine.
Here is your assignment: Help people get off the highway to hell by serving as a living signpost for the Savior pointing everyone to follow the Jesus Way!