Which Road Shall I Take?

The Crossroads

The journey of life has two roads and two destinations. The choice and decision of which road to take is yours.

As a child, you walk for a while on the road of innocence, and then you come to a crossroads. The road of childhood and innocence ends, and you discover two distinct roads. As you come to this crossroads, you must make a decision. Which road shall I take? This decision is very important. It is the most important decision in life because one road leads to heaven, and the other road leads to hell. “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15).

How will you know when you come to this crossroads? There is no set rule or age. Some children reach the crossroads earlier in life than others. Perhaps the crossroads is not reached until the person is exposed to the gospel or made aware of a better way. It may be a new awareness of right and wrong or a gentle tug to follow the Lord. These are indications of the crossroads. God is a loving God, and he makes known the two ways regardless of country or culture.

As you stand at the crossroads, what do you see? Take a good look at the two roads. You will see that one road is wide and apparently smooth and easy to travel. The other road is narrow. It requires saying no to sin. The wide road has many people walking on it, while the narrow road has only a few. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

The Wide Road

Are you confused or not sure about which road to take? If you step closer to the wide, well-traveled road, you will hear Satan, the master of this road, asking you to walk with him. Satan’s story sounds very enticing. Along his road he offers many friends, and everyone seems to be quite happy. The entertainments along this road are many. There are drinking, dancing, parties, and many other types of amusement.

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People beginning to walk this road may have good intentions. Many are even able to refrain from the pitfalls for a time. However, all too often their morals and good standards begin to suffer. Lying, stealing, and cheating can become common practices. It seems you can pick your style of life on this road and call it freedom. It appears that you can refrain from (or indulge deeply in) certain sins. You are taken along this road so rapidly that you are hardly aware of time running out. Some people on this road are overcome by many troubles, and they see no way out. Too often despair, drugs, murder, or suicide are the result. The Bible says, “The way of transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).

Is this what you want in life? Is this the road you want to travel? Did you notice that Satan never mentioned the final result of traveling his road? He would not dare—he would betray himself. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (John 10:10). The result of walking the broad road is hell, the lake of fire that never goes out. This place was made for the devil and his angels. There will be weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth forever. Are you going to walk with him and share his fate? Even if you are now traveling on the wide road, today is the day to choose the narrow road.

The Narrow Road

Take a closer look at the narrow road. This road is for everyone who sincerely seeks it—no one is turned away. Jesus wants to be your Savior and personal guide. He asks you to repent of your sins, surrender your will, and trust in him. He says, “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

Jesus is the kind shepherd (Psalm 23). He loves you so much that he will walk right beside you on the narrow road. As he teaches you his ways, you will find joy in following Him. When the path seems dark and difficult, He will take hold of your hand and lead you until you can see more clearly. Sometimes when you get very weary or the path is dangerous, the Shepherd will take you in his arms and carry you. Soon you will have strength to walk again. “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young” (Isaiah 40:11). With other Christians, you will find love, care, and support as you walk the narrow road.

The Choice

These two roads, the wide one and the narrow one, both end when life is over. Then comes the judgment. God will judge everyone’s life by the road he has traveled. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

On that final day those people traveling the wide road with Satan as their master will face God in judgment. “And they were judged every man according to their works” (Revelation 20:13). “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).

The people traveling on the narrow road will also face God in judgment. “Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). To be at home in heaven with Jesus in that beautiful place—no words can describe it! “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2).

Which road will you choose? It means either heaven or hell for you throughout eternity. Choose the narrow road, and ask Jesus to help you. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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A Savior For You

The prodigal son asking his father for his inheritance

Are you a happy person? Fear and the guilt of sin can take away your happiness. You may wonder, “How can I be happy?”

I have good news for you! There is someone who can help you. He can forgive your sins and give you lasting happiness. His name is Jesus. Let me tell you about Him.

His Father, God, is the One who made the world. He made everything in the world. He made you and me.

God loves us. He loves everyone in the world. God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, his only Son, to this world. When Jesus was on this earth, He healed the sick and comforted the sad. He opened blinded eyes. He taught the people many things.

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Jesus wanted us to understand the great love that his Father has for you and me. He told this story that explained the love of his Father. You can read this in the Bible in St. Luke 15:11-24.

A certain man had two sons. He thought all was going well. One day one of the sons rebelled and came to him and said, “I don’t like this home, I want my own way, and I am leaving. Give me my share of the inheritance.” The father was very sad, but he gave him the money and let him go. He wondered if he would ever see his son again.

The son went far away and enjoyed himself with his money and his friends. He carelessly wasted his money in selfish living. He thought he was having a very good time until suddenly his money ran out and his friends left him. He was all alone and needy. Now what should he do?

He went to a farmer and the farmer sent him to feed the pigs. He was not given enough to eat. He was so hungry he would have eaten the pigs’ food. He started to think of all the bad things he had done and how he had mistreated his father. He became more and more miserable.

The prodigal son feeding the pigs

One day he remembered how loving his father had been and how well he had been provided for when he was still at home. Even his father’s servants had plenty to eat.

He thought, “Could I go back to my father after all I have done to him? Will he still love me? I am not worthy to be his son. I am willing to be just a servant if only he will take me in.”

Immediately he got to his feet and started for his father’s house. He would see if his father would forgive him.

The father had been longing for his son ever since he left. He often wondered, “Will he ever come back?” Then one day he saw someone coming in the distance. Could that be his son? When he saw that it was, he ran to him with outstretched arms.

“Father,” the son said, “I have sinned against you. I’m not worthy to be your son.”

But his father said, “Bring the best clothes for him and prepare a feast. My son was lost but now he is found.”

The father welcoming the prodigal son home

We are all like this son; we have all strayed from God, our Father. We have wasted the opportunities and many good things He has given us. We have lived selfishly and rebelled against Him. Today our heavenly Father invites us to come to Jesus. He is waiting for us with outstretched arms.

Jesus showed us his love by giving his life as a sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world. He suffered pain and rejection as He allowed wicked men to nail Him to a cross. By the power of God He rose from the dead and lives forever.

Come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sin. When He sees you are sorry for the wrongs you have done, He will forgive you and wash away all your sin with his blood that He shed. It will be a wonderful experience! You will become a new person. Life will take on new meaning. Jesus will replace your guilt and fear with joy and happiness. He will be your Savior.

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Christ’s Peaceable Kingdom on Earth

Jesus established His kingdom when He was on earth. We who have entered it have found it to be a place of deep pleasure and lasting satisfaction. It is a peaceful kingdom. In it we do not make instruments of destruction, neither do we learn war any more (Isaiah 2:4). Earth has had many kingdoms in the past, but they have risen with the strength of their kings and warriors, and they have fallen with their weakness.

Christ, our king, is immortal and almighty, so His kingdom is endless and conquers all. He describes himself in the book of Revelation. "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore'' (Revelation 1:18). After He had resurrected from the dead He said to His followers, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matthew 28:18).

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream he could not remember. Daniel, the Hebrew prophet, told him both the dream and its interpretation. In his dream, Nebuchadnezzar saw a large statue made of various materials. Its head was of gold, its arms and breast silver, its belly and thighs brass, its legs were of solid iron, but its feet were of iron mixed with clay. As Nebuchadnezzar gazed upon this sight, an amazing thing happened. "Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever" (Daniel 2:34-35, 44).

The stone cut out without hands is Christ. He is the founder of the eternal kingdom that is above all others. How does one enter this kingdom? There is only one way and that is to be born into it by the new birth. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Those who by faith surrender their will to God and believe in Jesus Christ are born again and become citizens of the eternal kingdom of Christ. This opens the door for baptism into the true church of God, "which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). "A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid" (Matthew 5:14). This church dwells securely within the kingdom of Christ on earth. The church may be identified by its pure doctrine and practice of God's Word.

The new birth not only makes us citizens of the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ, but it also gives spiritual life. Those who have new life in Christ have power to conquer sin. They are no longer dominated by the old sinful nature with its lusts and desires. Since they have a higher allegiance, they will not take part in earthly governments, although they obey secular laws as much as their loyalty to God allows. They are in the world, but not of the world. Even though they live in this world and build houses and have businesses and families, they are always mindful of their position in the eternal kingdom (Jeremiah 29:4-7).

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The kingdom of Jesus Christ is not confined by political boundaries. In every nation those who are born again are accepted into it and accept each other. They will not fight for any earthly kingdom. "Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight...but now is my kingdom not from hence" (John 18:36). In fact, they will do no violence at all, since their King desires them to live peaceably with all men. Jesus taught nonresistance. "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Matthew 5:39).

The kingdom of Christ is spoken of in Revelation chapter 20. Since this kingdom is above all others, Satan is unable to conquer it. He is bound, unable to harm the faithful ones in the heavenly kingdom. They live and reign with Christ during the time that the kingdom is upon earth, designated by the figurative 1000 years. The reign of Christ spans the time between the beginning of the spiritual kingdom and the judgment at the end of time. It is a reign of grace in the believer's life which gives power over sin. The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians of Ephesus that those in the kingdom were made to "sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6). In our day we still enjoy this fellowship and are a part of this beautiful kingdom. We who were once bound by the shackles of sin are now "more than conquerors through him that loved us" (Romans 8:37). A life of victory over the world and its sins and lusts will culminate in eternal victory over death.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised those who had been with Him that He would return. He would take them to be with Him in the many mansions that He had gone to prepare. Those who have remained outside His kingdom here below will meet Him as a judge. Each person who is living or has ever lived upon earth will give an account of his life to the eternal King of kings and Lord of lords. Those whose names are not found in the book of His kingdom will be cast into the lake of fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:15).

After the judgment the great marriage of the Lamb will take place. Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God, sacrificed for the sins of the world. He foresaw the joy that He would share with the ones whom He had redeemed and was willing to endure the shame of the sacrificial death on the cross. At the end of the time of the kingdom on earth, He will claim His Bride, the body made up of the members of His kingdom. They will all go into the great marriage feast and live with Him forever.

You are invited to be born again and enter the peaceful kingdom. Jesus died for you and is waiting to receive you and give you the peace your soul longs for. Repent and give your life to Him without reserve and become a part of His kingdom. Your life here below will be happy, and, after this earthly life has ended, you will be able to enjoy an eternity of bliss and peace.

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