Fork in the Road: The Challenge of Choosing Opportunities

The Fork in the Road

the Fork in the Road - Which Way? A Studio 1-37 Original ImageHave you ever reached the fork in the road? That point where you must choose which direction you are moving? This has been a fork in the road week for me. Decisions of which way to move forward from a grave position of uncertainty, fear of the unknown, and where all roads appear to have problems on the horizon ahead. Unfortunately, Yogi Berra’s, famous quote, ”If you come to a fork in the road, take it;” doesn’t really help when you are unsure where that fork leads.

There are many times in life that we come to the fork in the road but there is one fork that we should never hesitate to take. As we move further into Lent studying the life of Christ we can see that His followers also came to many forks in the road. Sometimes when those forks appear we, like they, want it both ways. We want to follow our Creator but don’t want to leave the comfort of what we know. His way doesn’t appear easy and so we often just prefer for Him to follow us. However, there comes a time when a final choice must be made because we can’t have it both ways.

Paul tells us in 2 Timothy that we should always be ready to serve God in any situation, whether it is convenient or not. His charge to Timothy is one that carries forth to all believers. It is in this that we must learn to be sensitive to the opportunities that God gives us every day to give a good example of Christ.

Called

This week, I have read countless articles of remembrances on the life of the famous evangelist, Billy Graham, who went home to the Lord he served. What I have gleaned is how important it is for us to remember that it because of the Billy Graham’s and many others through the centuries that the Word of Christ and Christian faith spreads throughout the world. Our faith derives because of people like them. We too are called to be prepared to tell others about Christ even when it isn’t convenient.

Most of us don’t have the skills of the Paul’s, Timothy’s, and Billy’s of the world. But God gives us each the ability to recognize the opportunities that He presents to us every day in which we can demonstrate a good example of Christ. Jesus is returning, and He expects to find His faithful believers ready for Him and not at a standstill in the fork of the road trying to determine which way to go.

Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. 2 Timothy 4:2, a, b, (NLT)

Show and Tell

Being prepared to show and tell Christ is one of the most important tasks the church and believers are given. However, it isn’t always comfortable or convenient to take a stand for Him or show His love. It is, however, the charge He gives us.

What is of vital importance is for believers to show the world the Good News that He brings. But that doesn’t mean God expects perfection even from those felt called to preach as a vocation. There are many means in which to show the way of Jesus. Because even the actions of spreading the love of Christ helps sustain and change a life.

It is for us to be courageous, prepared, and alert to the opportunities that God gives us to share our knowledge of Him. In the words of Oswald J. Smith, the world doesn’t need our sermons it needs a message. You can go to seminary to learn how to preach sermons, but you must go to God to get messages.

Won’t you be challenged to stand up for Jesus and spread His Word through the opportunities God gives you? Take the fork in the road that leads to the cross allowing His message to become so ingrained in your life that it motivates you to share Him with others. You can find comfort in life knowing that just beyond the road that leads to the cross stands a place prepared for all believers with a loving Savior waiting to welcome you home.

As Robert Munger said, Christ asks you to be a prepared messenger not have a prepared message. Share your knowledge of Him through the many facets of your life in which God gives you the opportunity to do so.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.

Yogi Berra

Extra Study

Mark 8:31 – 38, 1 Timothy 5:20, Titus 1:13

What are Your Thoughts?

Do you find yourself wavering at the fork in the road? Have you taken advantage of the opportunities God gives you to share the Word of Christ through your actions and speech? Share your thoughts on standing for Christ while taking the road that leads to the cross.

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