Monday, February 27, 2012

The Undefiled Way

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!  ~Psalm 119:1

Jesus said there is only one way... and a lot of people don't like that.
There are many paths one can choose from today. We can pattern our lives after one of numerous "ways", but there is only one way  leading to truth and eternal life. The problem is many of these other ways may look good or sound good, but they will defile our very soul. I am so glad God has not left it up to us to figure out which way is the best, because we would never get it right on our own. It is plainly stated in God's Word which way we must go to remain undefiled.

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  ~John 14:5,6

Jesus declared He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the way we are to go; His way is undefiled, good, and holy. For those who are called to follow the way of Christ, many blessings can be found by remaining undefiled by the world. We must refuse to be drawn into sin at every turn and we must not allow the way of the world to creep back into our lives. Being human, we will soon find out this is an impossible task. Then how do we remain undefiled? We must allow the life of Christ to dominate our own.

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.  ~Romans 7:22-25

As we draw closer to God in prayer and the reading of His Word, His Spirit works in our lives and the very life of Jesus is revealed in us. The same Life that was selfless, loving, kind, truthful, and holy is revealed in our own lives until it is Jesus Christ who others see when they look at us. We should realize it is His life in us which perfects us. Jesus is the way as we walk in the law of the Lord! And what is the law of the Lord? Jesus Himself told us when the Pharisees asked the same question...

But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  ~Matthew 22:34-40

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