Where Would I Go?
Psa. 80:18 Then we shall not turn back from You;
Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
Have yo ever considered walking away from The Lord? Unthinkable! I guess that has been one of the hardest things for me to understand; how could anyone walk away from Jesus? What is there to turn to? To turn my back on my Savior for the momentary pleasures of sin, unfathomable!!! It’s not so much the fear of the consequences of living a sinful life (and believe me; THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES), its the pain of walking away from my Faithful Friend that I couldn’t endure. Jesus asked his disciples if they were going to forsake Him when many others were turning away from The Lord. They replied, “Where would we go? You have the words of eternal life. Check out what Charles Spurgeon had to say about this passage.
“We will not forswear the sun till we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold him with a grasp immortal, and bind his name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life be long-he changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
There are two reasons I could never walk away. First, the world has nothing to offer. All the pleasures that sin promises us are temporary and have consequences. Alcohol often brings about problems in other areas of our lives. Jobs, marriages, families, and health often pay the price when we go down that path. What about immorality? Again, the momentary pleasures are not worth the price of broken relationships, destroyed families, and the health risks involved with promiscuity.
The second reason is because of the void in my life if I walked away from my Lord. The intimate relationship with Christ not only satisfies our hungry hearts, He also enhances all of our other relationships in life. Our marriages are more rewarding, our friendships more meaningful, and our purpose for living is made clear. With Christ in our lives our jobs become more valuable to us and thus we become better employees and employers. We are not just working to survive or to pay our bills, we actually see our work as unto The Lord (especially if you are a tither). No, backsliding is not an option. Jesus is too good and sin is too painful. As for me, I think i’ll just follow Jesus.