By: Tim Sader
The way of the LORD is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. (Proverbs 10:29)
Last week we learned that many things can happen on the road of life but the best person to meet on the road is Jesus: His path is smooth if we will follow it. The way of the Lord is by far the best place for us to go. It is a safety shelter for those who are blameless but on the other hand it is the ruin of those who do what is evil. His ways are not evil and if we walk in His ways the evil plans the enemy had in store for us have been shattered. Thomas told Jesus, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life we cannot come to the Father except by Him (John 14:5-6). The next three weeks we will be looking at this passage of scripture and learning the three aspects that Jesus said He is. Today we will be learning that He is the way; everything we do should be His way. It should be the way He’d do it or the way He helps us do it when we trust Him to. In life there are two paths we can go down. We can choose the way that leads to life or the darker path that leads to death and destruction (Jeremiah 21:8). In the way of those who have been made righteous there is life and a path that leads to immortality (Proverbs 12:28). The way of the Lord is the only right way that there is to go. Every other paths lead to places where none of us ever want to go.
In regards to our former way of life we are taught to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by our sinful desires; to be made new in our attitudes and mind so we can put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:22-24). Before God we lived our life the way we wanted to; that is the former way that didn’t care about sinning. After choosing God we are created new again and in Christ we are made able to overcome sin. Paul when he couldn’t go to the Corinthians he sent a son in the Lord of his, Timothy because of his faithfulness to the Lord. He reminded them of their new life in Christ Jesus which agrees with what was being taught everywhere in all the churches (Ephesians 4:17). I don’t believe he really had to reteach them or get on to them about their sin. I’m pretty sure he just lived among them and mostly showed them by living life the way Christ taught us to. Paul also wrote to Timothy, “you know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them (2 Timothy 3:10-11).” Paul was telling Timothy that everything he knew about the Lord Timothy had already learned from witnessing his own life. Timothy knew all the teachings, had seen much of the beatings and persecution he suffered in many of the places where he went. Paul was confident that if Timothy followed his ways he would do just fine on his own journeys. It was not with perishable things like silver or gold that we were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to us by our ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect (1 Peter 1:18-19). The only way we can ever truly live is through Christ and His sacrifice. He made a way to God where there was no way. He is the way we want to go because His way is perfect.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16