A Fictional Narrative
Two men are about to attend a very important meeting that will determine their future with the company.
Two men were working for the same employer and there came a time when they both would be called before senior management to vie for an open position in senior management at the firm. Both had been with the company the same amount of time and had similar responsibilities. Both were well qualified in what they did in their current responsibilities, and in the responsibilities for the new position.
The day came for them to present themselves before those that would decide on their futures. Both men presented their ideas on how the job before them would be accomplished. The first man said that he would follow well-proven methods that the company had used from its inception. The other man said that he had new ideas about how to accomplish all that the job entailed.
The response from management was quick and to the point. Management said that the guidelines they had established from the beginning had served them well in all the years that the company had been in business. The new way laid out by the second man was not a proven way and therefore would be a great risk for the company to go that way. The first man was given the job and was quite successful at it. The second man remained where he was and was warned by the company that his way could only lead to failure. He had a choice to make; would he conform to the company guidelines that would bring him future success, or would he continue the wrong way which would lead to certain failure. We leave our story here hoping that the second man would not let pride and self will determine his future and come back to the well-established way. Only time will tell.
Well-established ways should not be ignored. The Gospel lays out a well-established way for salvation and our daily walk (sanctification). Straying from this way will bring failure to our lives. We are to place our faith in Jesus and His sacrifice at the cross for salvation. This is the well-established, and the only way to join the kingdom of God. We are to continue to place our faith in the cross as we walk out of this life. The second man did not understand that how he started with the company, the company guidelines, was the way he should approach any new task. Leaving this well-established way cost him his promotion, and in the end, could cost him his career.
We cannot walk with the Lord any other way except by the way He has established. We keep our faith in the Christ crucified and this allows the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Straying from this path given us by the Lord will cause us much trouble and may result in us losing our way. The Holy Spirit works exclusively through faith in the finished work of Christ as the following verse states:
“For the Law (Law of God) of the Spirit (how the Holy Spirit works) of Life in Christ Jesus (Christ crucified) has made me free from the Law of Sin and Death (we will have victory over this law only by the Law of the Spirit). (Romans 8:2)
When we come to the Lord in salvation, the sin nature in us is made dormant. We are dead to it by our faith in Christ. If we choose to move our faith from Christ to some other thing as we walk out this life, the sin nature becomes active in our life. We are only dead to it as we keep our faith in Christ The sin nature is not dead if we leave the well-established path. We have left our walk of faith and started down the path of works. This can only end poorly for us.
“Likewise reckon you also yourselves to be dead indeed to sin (the sin nature), but alive to unto God through Jesus Christ (faith in Christ brings victory in our daily life). Let not sin (the sin nature) therefore reign (shows it can reign if our faith is not in Christ crucified) in your mortal body that you should obey it in the lusts thereof (Paul is saying this will be the result if faith is not continued in the cross)” (Romans 6:11,12).
We are called to walk in newness of life by following the well-established and only way the Lord has set forth. He paid a great price to pay the sin debt for us. Spiritually, we are buried with Him and raised to newness of life. The only way we can walk in this newness of life is by continually placing our faith in Christ and Him crucified. It’s the well-established way.
“Therefore we are buried with Him in baptism into death: that like so Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)
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