Driving with my mom is always an adventure. We often get lost and have to turn around or find another route. As a Christian, God always knows where I am going because Jesus is The Way. He is the one who brings us to salvation and to a walk with Him.
To continue my blogging series about the names of God, I am happy to share a post written by Annie McGuire.
Annie McGuire is the writer behind Daily His Disciple, where she encourages women to walk in the wisdom of God’s word daily. You can connect with Annie on her website, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Jesus is The Way
I was 29 years old when I first heard the now-familiar saying of Jesus that he is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6) Before that point, I didn’t know that Jesus was the Son of God and the only way to heaven. I thought you had to be a good person to get there. I did not know what it truly meant to be a Christian.
But when I heard the gospel, my heart was shattered over my sinfulness. My eyes were opened to my depravity before a holy God. My will was broken and I yielded to the One who created me, loved me, and died for me.
What a glorious day that was!
Here I am, thirteen years later, still amazed at the grace and mercy of God. I love to talk about Jesus and share who He is according to his word. That is why I jumped at the chance to write this post on Jesus is “The Way”.
Jesus is the Way to Fulfillment
Jesus is the way… the way to what?
Well among other things, Jesus is the way to freedom and fulfillment. I can think of no better truth to tell today than that.
It’s a message this sin-stricken world desperately needs to hear, even if they don’t really want to listen.
The devil has deceived so many people into thinking that living however they want, setting their own standards, and embracing whatever feels good, is freedom.
But in actuality, they’re slaves to sin, destined for hell.
They need to know that Jesus is the way to freedom from sin, shame, condemnation, and fear.
And that Jesus is the way to happiness, contentment, and satisfaction.
John 14:6 KJV –
- Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the Way to Freedom
John 8:36 KJV – If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Believers have been made free from the bondage of sin, but we don’t always live like it.
Sometimes we willingly put the cuffs back on and walk back into the prison cell of habitual sin.
We deceive ourselves into thinking that we’re not hurting anyone, or that no one will know. But we can’t hide from God because he’s everywhere and sees everything.
Some common sin struggles for women today are things like:
If you find yourself shackled to one of these or something else, I urge you to get sober-minded about that sin.
Confess it to God, repent, memorize scripture for that issue, and recite it when you are tempted to step into the snare Satan has set for you.
Jesus made you free to serve Him and others, but not to serve your flesh.
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Yield and Follow
Freedom feels good, doesn’t it?
Yet, so often we find ourselves trading that lasting peace for the momentary satisfaction of our flesh.
Galatians 5:16 tells us that when we walk in the Spirit, we won’t fulfill the lusts of the flesh. So how do we do that?
Here are the 5 C’s to help us walk in the Spirit:
- Cling to Jesus. Abide in Him. (John 15:1-8, 1John 1:3-7, Colossians 2:6-7, 1John 2:6, 24-28)
- Connect with Jesus. Read the Bible, learn from Him. Meditate on who He is, what He has done, and who you are in Him. (Matthew 11:28-30, John 1:1-5, 10-14)
- Cleanse your heart. Repent of sin. (2Corinthians 7:1, James 4:8, 1John 1:8-9)
- Cast your cares. Pray. (Philippians 4:6-7, 1Peter 5:7, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 37:5)
- Choose to yield to the Spirit instead of the flesh. Obey. (Romans chapter 6, Romans 12:1-2, 1Corinthians 6:19-20)
Walking in the Spirit is a moment-by-moment decision to follow Jesus.
- Romans 6:12 KJV -Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
We know Jesus is the way, but…
Some of us have a hard time walking in the Spirit because we spend more time on social media than we do in the word of God.
Or we just worry about everything instead of giving it to the Lord in prayer. And some of us don’t walk in the Spirit because we’re just plain stubborn and rebellious and want to do things our own way.
Entertainment isn’t life-giving. Worrying isn’t healthy.
Defiance is dangerous. Trust me, I know.
I understand how difficult it is to follow through on what you know to be good and right and true.
For instance, I have chronic pain and illness, so I’m on a strict anti-inflammatory diet. I know what I should be eating, and what benefits my physical health. But my flesh lusts after pizza, Chinese, and fast food. Sometimes I give in to those cravings, and while it tastes good in the moment, I always regret it later.
Junk in = feeling junky.
When I’m mindful to ingest what nourishes my body, I feel so much better, and I’m able to serve the Lord, my family, and other women more actively. Mindfulness is key. So is discipline. That’s true with our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
God’s ways may seem restrictive at times, but He is omniscient (all-knowing), and omnibenevolent (all-loving), so we can trust that He has our best interests in mind.
His ways are higher than our ways, and his thoughts are higher than our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
God wants us to love Him, love others, minister to those around us, and make disciples.
The only way we can effectively do what we’re called to do is if we are operating in the power of the Spirit of God.
When we are, we have the fruit of love, joy, peace, and so much more, evident in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23)
- John 8:31-32 KJV – Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Jesus is the Way to Fulfillment
The world tells us that there are many ways to feel satisfied. But there is only one way to fulfillment, and that is in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Jesus is the way to contentment because he is the fullness of God.
He alone meets our every need and satisfies the deep longings of our souls.
There’s no pill, plaque, position, or person that can complete us or give us permanent satisfaction.
Only Jesus can do that!
- Colossians 2:9-10 KJV – For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
Jesus is worth it
When Jesus transforms us, He gives us a new sense of meaning.
To love God and bring Him glory becomes our chief end.
The more we pursue that purpose, the more fulfilled we feel.
Attempting to find fulfillment in our spouse, children, job, or ministry only leaves us feeling discontent and disillusioned with life.
It’s easy to slip off track and lose focus on Jesus and the way he wants us to live or the direction he wants us to go in.
That’s why we have to stay in the word and in prayer, seeking His face and surrendering our lives continually to his lordship. We can’t listen to the world, the flesh, or the devil when they tempt us to go our own way. (1John 2:15-17)
It may not be the most comfortable way, but Jesus is the way to fulfillment that matters for eternity, and following him is totally worth it.
Tell people Jesus is the Way
In these troublesome times in which we live people are burdened by fear, weighed down by worries, and desperate for hope.
They’re in bondage to sin, searching for happiness, striving for significance, and feeling discouraged and depressed.
They need the Good News, that everything they’re seeking is found in the person of Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.
Someone loved you and me enough to let us know about the Son of God and Savior of the world. Let’s be faithful stewards of the gospel and tell someone today that Jesus is the way to have freedom and fulfillment.
- 1 Peter 3:15 KJV – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
In the comments below, share how God has directed you in your life.