July 15, 2021 — The Road Less Traveled

As we finished our lunch at the Good Fortune Chinese Restaurant, the wait person brought the check along with a couple of fortune cookies.

“Ah,” Stan said, “one of my favorite things about eating here,” as he picked up one of the fortune cookies, opened it, pulled out the fortune.

“What’s it say?” I asked as Stan read it.”

“I’ve seen this one before,” he replied, “and it has a real truth for where I came from and where I’m gong with my faith walk.”

Stan handed it to me, and I read it aloud, “You will be rewarded handsomely for taking the road less traveled.”

“How does that apply to you and your faith walk?” I asked.

“Well,” he said, “in the first place it applies to everyone who has come to faith; they will be rewarded handsomely with life eternally in God’s presence when it’s time. As well, if that’s what they pursue, they will be rewarded handsomely with an ever-deepening personal relationship with God before then.”

“And,” he continued, “for the part about the ‘road less traveled’, it’s an unfortunate truth that the road to God and a deeper personal relationship with Him is not traveled by a great many people, so it clearly is less traveled.  For me, I have been blessed to be able to travel that road. From that blessing I am often in prayer for revival so the road that is less traveled will become a superhighway filled bumper-to-bumper as far as the eye can see.”

“So there will be multitudes who will have the opportunity to be handsomely rewarded?” I asked.

“Multitude upon multitude,” Stan replied. 

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Bible verses to consider:

Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Romans 10:13-15.

I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. John14:6.

Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. Matthew 7:13.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for providing the way to you through the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross. Thank you, too, for those who brought me to the truth so I could leave the road I was on that was headed away from you and choose the way to you for both sides of eternity. I confess that too often I do not bother to share with others the truth of your provision so they, too, can change directions and follow the way to you.  Please help me in following every step of your lead so I am a part of what you are doing to draw others to you. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this:  Have you entered upon the road that leads to God and life eternally with Him when it’s time? If no, why? What is standing in the way of accepting by faith the free and gracious gift of redemption and salvation? If you do have the assurance of salvation for when your time here is finished, how are you doing with traveling the road to an ever-deepening relationship with God on this side of eternity? If not as well as you or God would like, what can be done about that? Is that what you want? Why or why not? Make it a well-traveled road!

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