Athlete, There Are Two Ways to Go
Jeremiah 21:8 (ESV)
And to this people you shall say: “Thus says the LORD: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death."
Like a straightforward coach before a big game, God lays out a winning strategy. He defines the path to life, to victory. And He shares what must be avoided, the ways that will kill a team, a mission, a man.
That’s good, critical coaching!
At a deeper level, God also wants us to see that the way of life starts with death … and that the way of death starts with apparent life. The death that leads to life is a death to pride and surrender of self. It’s a daily death.
The life that leads to death is a life self-consumed, self-driven, self-defined, self-justifying. It is a daily deception.
Easter is a great time to see these two paths playing out. We see death-to-life fleshed out so powerfully in Jesus. And we see life-to-death fleshed out so tragically by all the rebellious and indifferent self-righteous.
Praise God that He has set before us two ways to go: toward life and toward death. And He’s both shown the way and paved the way in Jesus. So let’s follow His road signs and good coaching to victory.
A prayer to consider: Lord, keep coaching us toward life and victory. We don’t wanna lose. Show us the way of life. And help us to be courageous and trust You, even if that means dying comes first.