In 2004, I shared the Gospel to a friend. (She isn’t really within my small circle of friends but she was my real-estate agent and has helped me with a few purchase/sale of properties and so, I consider her a friend). Around that time, she was confiding to me how she and her husband were having serious troubles in their marriage.
I invited her to attend worship service with us, and one Wednesday afternoon, we picked her up on our way to church. I could see that she was troubled and heavily burdened.
After the service, she received the Lord Jesus Christ in her life as her Lord and Savior and also baptism in water in His name. She said that being in the worship service cleared her mind and she felt peace enter her troubled heart. After her water baptism, she said she felt refreshed, like the burden in her heart and soul was lifted off and she felt light.
The next day, she was happily telling me how she had slept soundly that night, peace lulling her to a sweet slumber she hadn’t experienced for quite sometime.
Her joy stayed for a while, even attending the Bible Study we hosted in our office and testifying how the Lord had changed her life.
But later on, she told me that her husband didn’t want her attending Christian services. She also said that they still had nasty quarrels, but I counseled her to “overcome evil with good”, and not to fight back.
One day, she sent a message that she couldn’t come to the worship services anymore. Her husband had barred her.
Here is a classic example of one who received the Word in stony places. It didn’t take root, and so, the seed that was sown in her heart didn’t survive, and it died (see Mat. 13: 20-21).
How many times have we been tempted to leave the presence of the Lord because we were weary of suffering and we thought we couldn’t endure it anymore?
But the words of Apostle Peter resound in our souls with flashing warning lights, and we are graciously reminded: Where will we go? When we turn our back on the Lord, WHERE ELSE SHALL WE GO?
Then Jesus said unto the twelve, Will ye also go?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. (John 6: 67,68)
The Lord Jesus is the way, the only way that will take us to everlasting life. For the redeemed and faithful, He is the destination of their journey – their Eternal Life.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. (John 11: 25)
The Lord Jesus Christ is the way to life eternal. When we cease walking with Him and choose the easy way – the wide and pleasurable path – that journey will not in any way lead us to Him, but the end of it will be destruction: death eternal.
Apart from Him, there is no real peace and joy in our lives. When we take hold of Him, we take hold of Life.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life… (1 Tim. 6:12)
To follow the Lord Jesus daily, we must be willing to die to self daily. Let this sink in our minds and our souls be steeped with it.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Mat. 16: 24)
So, let us walk faithfully and patiently, enduring all things that the Lord thinks it good to send upon us as we journey through life. Let us learn to say these words humbly before God, as the Lord Jesus has showed us:
Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. (Mat. 11: 26)
He is our Redeemer who is also faithful to get us back on our feet when we falter. Indeed, He will even carry us when we’ve lost the strength to walk on our own two feet. Only we need to profess our dependence on Him.
…he that endureth to the end shall be saved. (Mat. 10: 22)
At our journey’s end, the Lord Jesus is there waiting with His rewards, and a life with Him that will never ever end.
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