The World or The Lord?
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
I Kings XVIII. v21
It is this, that I wish to draw your attention to today. The choice between the way of the world and the way of the Lord. It is clear to see that we find ourselves in a society that is following the ways of Baal. Alas, our nation is one that seeks pleasure and purpose in sin. Pride, envy, strife, vainglory, sexual immorality, and many other sins are celebrated in the nations of the world today. This is nothing new, the Apostle Paul faced a similar battle in the 1st Century. Writing to the Church at Corinth he addressed many of these sins that were rife in the city. The people in Corinth were just as sinful as they are in the 21st Century. The purpose of Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth was to encourage them to forsake the sinful ways of Baal. An intolerance of personal sin is fundamental to our Christian walk. As John Owen once said we must be sin killers or our sin will be killing us.
Whether we grow in grace or wallow in sin largely depends on the choices we make. We have two choices, sanctification or sin? It is easy to resign ourselves to the view that we will never achieve sinless perfection on earth, so why bother. However, that is not the view of the Bible. In Scripture, we see many examples of men and women who are zealous for God and desire to please Him. The life of the Apostle Paul is a good example. He was such a man that knew his heart was sinful and sought daily to draw nigh unto God. He encouraged the people of God “put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians IV. 22-24.
In his closing remarks to the Church at Corinth Paul wrote, “Let all things be done with love” I Corinthians XVI. 14. This is a very important principle for us to consider. Do you love God and love the things He loves. God loves holiness and righteousness. A soul that is sensitive to personal holiness will seek after righteousness and encourage others to do so. The soul that seeks after God will rejoice in that joy that is unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter I. 8). This joy comes from the Lord and passes all human understanding. This joy is a real and lasting joy, a joy that comes from knowing the forgiveness of sin (Colossians III. 12-14). So with this set before us we need to consider the way we are going to walk. Are we going to walk the narrow road of righteousness or the broadway of Baal? Are we going to choose the way of the Lord or the way of the world?
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
I Corinthians XV. 57