One Way

The secular world doesn’t like the “One Way” message of the church, because they want to do it their way. Implying that there is only one way to accomplish anything is not confined to the Church, however. Your computer will only work one way, and that was set in concrete by the designers. You can rebel and say, I’m going to use it the way I prefer, which is to move my fingers up a row on the key board, because it is more comfortable that way. The screen will display a bunch of rubbish.

If you took the time to read the manufacturer’s handbook, and committed yourself to use the computer the way the designers intended it to be used, you could do amazing things. The Bible is our manufacturer’s handbook. He created us to live a certain way, and the more we know the handbook the more we can accomplish. Life will lose its meaning, and we won’t be productive if we rebel and choose to live our way.

I believe that God made some of us smart and some of us not so smart. Those who may think they are smart have an obligation to make God’s plan for living so simple that the simplest of His creation can understand it. But we dare not be simplistic. Jesus said we have to repent and believe the gospel if we want to get back to the original design, and that is not very complicated. There are a million ways that we can sin, but the answer is the same. There are a million ways that we could be hurt, but we would need to forgive others if we wanted to be healed and freed from our past. The path back to God has been cleared by Jesus, and we have to believe that is the only path to take. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water’” (Jn. 7:38). He is the River of Life, but there are a lot of tempting tributaries that lead to stagnant ponds along the way. We need to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Dr. Neil

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