Monday, January 28, 2013

"The Lonely Highway"

     "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference" (Robert Frost).

     Are you familiar with these concluding words of Frost's poem, "The Road Not Taken"?  Committed born again believers know the truth expressed thereby, regardless of whether or not we know the poetry.

     Where the masses venture, we cannot follow. 

    "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). 

    Believers require great courage, infused and fortified by the Holy Spirit, in order to travel the path to which God calls His trusting sons and daughters in Christ.  We must be willing to walk in the company of few, or even of none if the need so requires.   Both paths lead us away from the well worn streets and lanes traversed by those who seek and heed the influence of the masses rather than the One.  "Come and follow Me" (Matthew 19:21).

   As Frost suggested, the road less traveled will make all the difference.  Even more, it will make us different, different in the sense that we will become the particular person God made and redeemed us to be.  Such a work cannot take place in crowded streets and lanes, but rather upon that lonely highway whereupon the face of the Lord Jesus is easily seen, as it were, and His voice distinctly heard.  "This is the way; walk ye in it" (Isaiah 30:21).  Our Heavenly Father blesses us with brothers and sisters in Christ, with whom we live our lives in worship, fellowship, ministry and love.  He also calls us to a personal relationship and experience of Himself pondered along pathways paved deep in the heart, where few will go.  Yes, a life lived by, through and with the Lord Jesus will lead down a road less traveled.  And it will make all the difference.

"From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?  Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go?  Thou hast the words of eternal life.
(John 6:66-68)
"I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top."
(Psalm 102:7).

No comments: