The Road Less Traveled

Saturday, April 30, 2011

The very phrase "the road less traveled" means a path that is hardly ever trodden. It's a path that most people avoid for a reason; because it's uncomfortable. Hard. Restricting. And maybe, a little embarrassing? The road less traveled is the road of Christ. And I think there are quite a few people out there who are ashamed to be seen on such a path.

But why? Why on earth would we be embarrassed to follow our Lord and King? Why?

The answer to this question is found in the very roots of sin and self. It's not popular. Following Jesus is totally NOT "cool". It's not very "in", either. (And frankly, it's not supposed to be.) A cool Christian, who can find? God doesn't call us to be cool! He calls us to be humble servants.

One thing we as Christians must avoid at all costs is following Christ and yet still trying to be like everyone else at the same time. It doesn't work. You just can't sit on the fence, with one leg in the world and the other in Christianity. God doesn't want "one leg", He wants BOTH! If we are going to be devoted servants of Christ, it is absolutely imperative that get off the fence and use both legs to run hard after God. Straddling the fence gets us nowhere. Jesus doesn't want part of us; He wants all of us.

If we're going to travel the road of Christ, let's get serious about it. No, it's not popular, yes, it's hard sometimes, but so TOTALLY WORTH IT. In light of what Jesus has done for me, there is no question in my mind of what path I'll take. I for one want to get off the fence and start running after my King!

But it's a daily choice. Every. Single. Minute. Of every day. I need to make the choice to make both legs run and keep on running, even when I get tired. Who cares if I'm not "cool"? Who cares if the world think I'm not "in"? I'm not running for the approval of them; I'm running for the approval of HIM Who died for me. Who gave His very life for me.

Today, on my 18th birthday, I want to encourage you to make every day count. Don't listen to those who tell you that you're out of your mind to do this whole "Jesus-thing"; ignore them! Keep on following Christ!

So, my plans for this new year of mine? Well, I do have some. I want to make great progress on finishing school, I'd like to learn more about becoming a nurse/midwife, I want to make my home business thrive. But these are all my plans. What I want most of all is for God's will to be done in my life! I want to find out what His plans are and do them! I want to keep on following my Saviour - not just in word, but in daily conduct.


Kiah said...

Thank you for that encouraging post, Rachel. And Happy Birthday!!

Sam said...

What a great message, one we all need to hear. Thanks Rachel, and Happy Birthday =]

Ashlin said...

What a good post, Rachel.

I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

Leah said...

Wonderful, thought provoking post, Rachel!

Thanks so much for sharing. Beautifully written and so true.

I hope you have a wonderful year!


That's a big number.
I'm sure God will do big things. :-)Happy Birthday.


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