Two Options in the End

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.”

― C.S. LewisThe Great Divorce

Being a teacher is a remarkable experience. Hard? Absolutely? Enriching? Absolutely. Often, I find that my students teach me as much, if not more, than I teach them. Today, through our discussions following an fantastic chapel, my students taught me something by making a connection that I guess I knew, but did not grasp.

The above quote from Lewis sets the stage. It dawned on me today how remarkably simply the Christian faith really is. No, not easy. Simple, meaning there is not much vague complexity to it. In the end, there are simply two options for our response to God’s call: like Christ, come hell or high water, “Your will be done”; or like Satan, “I will ascend to the top of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isa 14) Two roads are before us, one leading to life, the other to death. Which one are we on? How can we know?

How are we living?

Our behaviors betray what we really believe. Our actions demonstrate we are either acting like Christ or Satan, acting in perfect submission and humility, or absolute pride and arrogance. We (I) are masters of deception, and we’ve learned how to say the right things at the right time. But, if I say daily I am following Christ and loving my enemies, without any love towards my enemies emanating from my life, what are those actions saying?

Jesus said a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree good fruit. What kind of tree am I? What kind of tree are you?

The beautiful simplicity of the Bible is proved everyday in our lived experience. Like Adam and Eve, we often want to take over God’s role as Sovereign by defining good for ourselves. Adam and Eve defined the tree God forbade as good. I prove the fall with every act of arrogance and rebellion against God.

I don’t like the road I am inclined to walk! Oh, how I need Jesus! Who will save me from this body of death? (Rom 7)

“There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.” (Rom. 8:1)

Message to self: Be found in Him. Walk the road of humility. Carry your cross. Die to yourself and find that in your death you’ve discovered the life you’ve been looking for.

There are only two types of people in the end. God Almighty, by your Holy Spirit, so fill me with the Spirit of Christ that I, like Him, say, “Thy will be done.”

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