... AND MY EYES WERE OPENED AND I KNEW THAT I WAS NAKED AND I SEWED FIG LEAVES TOGETHER AND MADE MYSELF CLOTHING
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ON THE ROAD WITH JESUS
Beginning with the first Sunday in Advent, we are On The Road With Jesus, a journey through the Gospel of Luke. Now is a good time to begin reading the Gospel of Luke, taking in its richness and grace.
We are faced with a lot of decisions in life. The one’s that are of key importance are those that determine the direction our life is going to take morally. The one’s that set our standard of living. In Proverbs 4, we are reminded that we have the choice of choosing right or choosing wrong. We can take the high road or we can take the low road. The road we choose is a reminder of a road sign from the early days of the automobile that went something like this, “Be careful which rut you get into. You will be in it for the next 5 miles.” Reading and absorbing the teachings in the Gospel of Luke will help us to be “On The Road With Jesus.”
Living “On The Road With Jesus” is like walking or running on a safe road, one that is free of obstacles. It leads to getting to where you really want to go if your heart is right. It’s the way to go. Something this essential needs to be enthusiastically sought.
The road of wickedness leads to destruction. It perverts the heart of the person that opts for it. It so possesses and enslaves the mind that it becomes addicted to evil. It becomes so possessive that the person making that option for living can’t rest or sleep until the evil on the mind goes into action. It must be avoided like the plague.
Where does this all fit into the Christian life? The first thing is that we must choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and let him put a right spirit within us, the Spirit of God. The road we take must be the Jesus Road. We are called upon to “turn our eyes upon Jesus.” In Ephesians 6:10 we read, “Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.”
This all comes from turning our eyes upon Jesus. It is a searching by the heart and mind for his righteousness. To seek after and live by the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ is the goal of the Christian life. When we do that the rest of life will fall into its proper place. Paul had this prayer for the Christians at Philippi:
This is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ--to the glory and praise of God.
Turning our eyes upon Jesus is the wisest thing that we can do in life. The Christ centered life is taking the high road, the Jesus Road. It is taking our eyes off of instant gratification and placing them on the Eternal. As we have seen on cups, bookmarks, and other items at Christmas time, “Wise Men Still Serve Him!” I close with this proverbial teaching found in the refrain of a poem set to music as a hymn.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full into His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow
In the light of His glory and grace.
“On the Jesus Road” with you!
God bless! Fred
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