March 24, 2023

Shawn Stoever
"Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."
Galatians 5:24-25

Personally, I am a big fan of the phrase “fork in the road”—that spot where we realize there are two options and that we need to make a choice.

  • Deciding between continuing in a significant relationship or ending it.
  • Staying in the current job and location or exploring something completely new.
  • Walking a path that is familiar/comfortable or risking it all for something with tremendous uncertainty.

You get the point. There are moments in our lives when we have to make significant choices with incredible stakes.
I would argue that the most important fork in the road in your life is the decision you make regarding Jesus. Will you choose to believe He lived a perfect life and died for your sins so that you could receive forgiveness? Or will you simply define Him as a historical figure who has no bearing on your life?

For me, I chose the path of following Jesus when I was 24 years old and in college. By doing so, I accepted Paul’s description in Galatians 2—I allowed Jesus to crucify my flesh with its passions and desires (and as a selfish college student, there was a lot to “crucify”). Instead, I received God’s love, forgiveness, redemption, and restoration. I began a life led by the Spirit. The path of hedonism and self-gratification was abandoned for the opportunity to pursue intimacy with God and the inevitable overflow of the fruits of the Spirit in my life (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.).

While salvation through Jesus is a one-time decision, the choice to live by the Spirit and not by the flesh has to be made daily. This Easter season, continually take the path less traveled away from the world and toward the God who loves you.