Psalm for the Day

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The road less traveled………..

“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”   Matt. 6:24 GNT

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could.
To where it bent in the undergrowth,

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.” 

Robert Frost

Since the days of literature in school this poem by Robert Frost has been one of my favorites.  It tells us of a moment in life where we must make a choice and choose the path that we will follow for the rest of our lives.

 For some this could be a career choice, for others a romantic choice, financial choices, religion, where to settle down or even what food to eat or clothes to wear.   The point is that there are times in our lives where we must make a choice.

We all must choose to go the way everyone else is going, or to go the way less travelled.  This choice is discussed by Jesus in Matthew Chapter 6:24-34.   You cannot serve two masters, you cannot go down the road that is well traveled and the road that is less traveled at the same time.

You can only serve one.  All too often we try to do both, but it does not work.   We cannot serve both our God and our mammon or our wealth.  We actually must make a choice.   God has given us the ability to choose Him or to choose our wealth.

 Now our wealth does not refer to just money, although money tends to be the biggest player in this. It is anything that we prize and make the most important in our lives.  It could be sports, boats, alcohol, sex, gambling, eating, houses, jobs, cars/trucks, status/position, clothes, control, church, people, spouse or children.  It is anything that comes into our life that we choose to spend all or most of our energy on.  

 We have the right and the ability to choose, but the consequences of our choices have already been predetermined by God.  The person who has Jesus has the rewards of an abundant life as stated in John 10:10: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. (NKJV)

So if your god is mammon then what do you have to look forward to?  

Destruction……. Being Robbed….. Fear……Worry……..Doubt?

 We should choose Christ and have peace and a more vibrant life!  What a God we serve……. if we so choose.

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