As a student, one of my favorite poets was Robert Frost. In his infamous “The Road Not Taken”, he begins, “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could, to where it bent in undergrowth.” And he finishes this verse with, “I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I….I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
In the Harrison Ford, Sean Connery movie, “In Search of the Holy Grail”, in one of the closing scenes Harrison Ford, playing the role of Indiana Jones, meets a Templar Knight in a scene where he, along with this evil Nazi guy, need to choose which cup Jesus would have used at the Last Supper. (Keep in mind, this is all Hollywood.) The Knight says, “choose wisely!” The Nazi guy goes first. He chooses the most ornate cup and drinks from it. In so doing, he immediately dies. The Knight says, “I don’t think he chose wisely.” But Indiana Jones chooses the lowliest looking of all of the abundance of chalices in that room….and he drinks from it and lives. Of course the moral is that one must choose wisely if he is to live.
Our Lord instructed us to choose carefully as well. Many, He said, would choose to enter by going through a wide gate which would lead to a broad, smooth path. But He said….that path leads to destruction. “Therefore, “ He said, “enter by the narrow gate that leads to the narrow way, which few will find.” (Matthew 7:13,14)
Christ said that he who is not with Him is against Him. A moral choice must be made and in it there is no room for chance or any gamble. Christ allows us the freedom to choose, yet there is no wiggle room to negotiate once we decide. We know that God in His mercy allows us to repent of wrong choosing and that repentance can change our eternal destiny.
Pastor and theologian, A. W. Tozer writes, “The Gospel message embodies three distinct elements: an announcement, a command, and a call. It announces the Good News of redemption accomplished in mercy; and it commands all men everywhere to repent, and it calls all men to surrender to the terms of grace by believing on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.” (“The Knowledge of the Holy”, A.W. Tozer, copyright 1961)
All men must choose whether or not we will follow the commands of the Gospel or go our own way. Poet Robert Frost wrote, “I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”