“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Proverbs 14:12

When we embark on a journey, there are times that we don’t care which road we take. The destination isn’t nearly as important as the fun of exploration, more than often we just want to enjoy the adventures and not minding whether we would get there or not and that’s fun sometimes.

When it comes to religion, many people will tell you that any old road will get you to God. In fact, there is a Hindu saying that goes this way; “there are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone else that his or her path is wrong”. In other words, the Hindus believe – it doesn’t matter which path you take as long as your path doesn’t involve tell others they’re wrong.

On the contrary, the Bible has always maintained that this mindset was wrong and foolish. There is a story of a man whose bathtub was filthy and was not successful cleaning it with normal bathroom cleansers, but he had heard that gasoline was a solvent. So he took a rag with gasoline to the tub and it worked. Well it worked, but it stank up the bathroom with bad odour and so he decided he needed to do something to take care of the odour. You’ll never guess what he did he set out aromatic candles and he lit them. He survived but his apartment didn’t. It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Most our decisions are like that; they seem like a good idea until we think a little about them commenting on that reality, Romans 6:21 says  “What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death.”  It may have seemed like a good idea at the time but certain paths in life will distract you from your faith, disable your witness, or destroy your Christianity. The path principle by Andy Stanley says “the direction you’re going determines the destination you’ll arrive at.”

It’s the same way with the decisions you make for your life. You need to choose your paths carefully because if you don’t, you’ll end up someplace you didn’t want to go and you may end up someplace that you’ll regret. But we have an advantage because Jesus tells us what the way is in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And in John 10:9 He said “I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.”

Jesus is the way and the gate.

Call on Him today and He will lead you through the right path.

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