Morley's devotion today is short. In discussing "Christ: Is There Another?", Morley confides that there are times when we all want to find an easier way than the Christian walk. We wish that we could find a better way.
It is hardly surprising that we search for "Plan B" sometimes. Consider Jesus' prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done." Jesus sought an easier way. But there was only one way, and Jesus surrendered himself to it.
I have heard atheists, skeptics, and people of other faiths explain why their way is "just as good" as Christianity. I have heard some call Christianity a lie or a hoax. I have heard rationalizations of all sorts. When it comes right down to it, though, we find the same truth that Jesus found. There is only one way, and we must surrender ourselves to it. As scary as that way might seem at the time, the love of God is greater than anything we face. The strength of God is greater than any adversary. The salvation of God is greater than any loss that we might suffer in this temporal world.
Let's review some of the important facts for a moment. Christ came to us through a miraculous birth. He grew and learned with miraculous insight. He ministered and taught with miraculous dedication. He suffered and died with miraculous courage. He rose again in miraculous victory. And he shares all of it with us with miraculous grace. Wow!
Morley may be right when he says that there is nowhere else to go. But where else would you want to go? Don't settle for Christ. Embrace him.
Dear Lord, thank you for calling me to discipleship. Let me always keep my eyes set on you. Thank you for the trials I will face because of you. They pale in comparison to the trials you faced because of me. May I surrender to my calling just as you surrendered to yours. That is the one way. The only way. Your way. Amen.
Grace and peace--