To believe or disbelieve

John 20:30-31, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name.” God inspired more than 40 writers over a period of 1500 years to put on paper their experiences or that of people they knew. As a result, we would have an accurate record of the history of humanity. The Old Testament is the history of the beginning of the world, and the New Testament is a guide to the present and prophecy of the future. The Old Testament also serves as an introduction of sorts to the Son of Man. It is, therefore, the eyewitness of the reality and glory of God and Jesus Christ.

Once we hear the autobiography of the world, we have an important decision to make that will impact us forever. At that point, we reach a critical juncture in our lives – a point where we must choose to believe or disbelieve what we have heard. We will stand before two paths and have to choose the one we want to travel down. One will be marked “easy” and the other “hard.”  The “easy” one will tempt us because it appears to be the wide-open, least challenging one, but its end will be far less than expected. The “hard” one may seem daunting, full of challenges, and narrow, but its end will be exactly what we are told awaits us.

After a land dispute between their herdsmen, Abram said to Lot, “…Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen” (Gen. 13:8). Abram then gives Lot the choice of land for his herds to graze on, and he decides to choose the “easy” one. “And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar” (Gen. 13:10).  His decision to move and settle near the city of Sodom would prove to be unwise as God would later destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  While it was not necessarily a sin, Lot’s choice does bear witness to the dangers of hastily made choices based solely on appearances.

In Matt. 7:12-14, we are implored to consider all the facts carefully before choosing. “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.” What appears to be the least challenging way will lead to eternal destruction, while the other, more challenging one, will result in a glorious forever with God in heaven. Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world will gladly choose the road marked “easy” because it offers that which satisfies the temporal desires for fame and fortune. And the only way to justify that decision is to disbelieve the witness of the Scriptures. That is an unfortunate decision on their part.

John 5:24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”  Don’t be a Lot.  Don’t choose that which appears to be easy and promises instant gratification. Don’t choose to disbelieve in that which promises life at the feet of the Father forever. Choose the path marked “hard” and reap the benefits of remaining steadfast despite the hardships you will encounter. “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (Jam. 1:12).

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