The Christian Way Is the Way

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Sunday entries are taken from the classic devotional series In Christ by E. Stanley Jones.

CONSIDER THIS

We ended yesterday with the questions: Is everything destined by its very nature to be in Him? Is everything made by Him and for Him? Is that destiny written not in the inscrutable will of God, but written into our nerves, our tissues, our blood, our organs, our very souls, our relationships? Are we destined, by our makeup, to be Christian, to be in Him? Is He the ground of our being, the homeland of our souls? When we find Him, do we find ourselves?

When we lose Him, do we lose ourselves? These questions, boiled down to one—Is He our life?—are the most important questions, barring none, that can be asked of life and destiny. If they can be answered in the affirmative, then it is all over but the shouting. You cannot live against life and get away with it.

Life will have the last word, whoever has the first or the intermediate words. You cannot buck the nature of the universe and not get hurt, for “the stars in their courses will fight against Sisera” (see Judges 5:20).

It was this interpretation which I presented in my book The Way. If I had one thing and only one thing to leave as a life contribution, I would unhesitatingly choose this: the Christian way is the way, and that way is written not merely in the Bible, but into the structure of reality—in us and in our relationships.

The fact is that the Christian way is called the way: “Saul . . . if he found any belonging to the Way . . .” (Acts 9:1–2); “but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way . . .” (19:9); “About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way” (19:23). The Christian way is the way—the way to do everything; not merely the way of salvation, but the way, full stop.

THE PRAYER

O my Father, we are beginning to see the wonder of the way. As it dawns upon us, may we decide to be on the way with both feet and with the consent of all our beings. If this is true, then nothing else matters. Amen.

AFFIRMATION FOR THE DAY

I shall be upon the way with both feet and full consent.

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Eli Stanley Jones was an evangelical Methodist missionary to India who sought to make a clear distinction between biblical Christianity and Western culture. For 70 years, Dr. E. Stanley Jones proclaimed the Gospel of Christ throughout the world, earning him the title of "the world's greatest missionary evangelist" by Time magazine in 1938, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 1963, and two Nobel Peace Prize nominations during his lifetime. An author of 29 books, he moved among statesmen and among leaders as counselor, friend, and worker for peace and helped hundreds of thousands, from village outcasts in India to molders of public opinion in America, Japan, Europe, and India.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Jesus is the way
    But He’s not a program,
    A curriculum or technique,
    Or a religion to follow.
    He wants to personally lead His people
    By His active presence within us.

  2. Jesus is the Way.
    Not a way, or one of many ways.
    Any other way and life is wayward.
    Living an unfiltered life through Christ is like trying to defy or change the laws of gravity. We experience constant bumps, bruises, frustrations, and disappointment. Life is a smoother ride when we understand, respect, obey, and live within the law of gravity.
    Is it not the same when we live within the commandments of Christ? He said yes!
    We may experience the occasional cliffhanger, but our faith in Christ keeps us from hitting the ground in full force.
    Isaiah 40:31
    But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

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