The choices we make in life determine our paths even the path we will take after we leave this world. Scripture discusses paths and choices in just about every Book in the Bible and extra canonical texts found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, at Nag Hammadi, and others.
Jesus was especially concerned about the path we will choose because of the eternal ramifications of the two main paths in life. For He said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13-14).
There are two ways, the way of life and the way of death. “You make me know the path of life; in your presence is unbounded joy, in your right hand eternal delight” (Psalm 16:11). Why is the way of death wider than the way of life? For starters, God set up conditions that will determine our final destination that are either with Him or without Him.
To help us get on the path that leads to God, He gave us Commandments to try and follow. Knowing that these are almost impossible due to our human nature God’s Word came down in the form of Jesus to show what right looks like and then make the ultimate final sacrifice for those who would believe, trust, follow, and call on Him.
Some of us just cannot escape our sinfulness which is why Jesus came. The writer of Hebrews gives a swift warning that has caused much debate in the once saved always saved department. “For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” (Hebrews 10:26).
Jesus knows the truth of our hearts and does not want us to fail in life. He told people to follow Him and sin no more but we will sin and make bad choices because of who we are. The sins that control our lives are the one we need to quit completely. Most of those are listed as the opposite of the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit. Those negative emotions and actions cause us to choose the wrong path if we let them control our lives. Basically anything that keeps us from worship, praise, and communication with God are things that we must choose to avoid.
The choice of the path we take is ours to make. One leads to life and the other to death. Which one will you choose?