By Leonard Lauriault
Many eastern New Mexicans drive a lot. Our smaller communities have lots to offer, but not everything we need. So, we have to go to the larger cities for some things. There are several routes from Tucumcari to Clovis, each requiring about the same amount time, although they’re slightly different distances.
No route to either Albuquerque or Amarillo is comparable to I-40, however.
While some claim there are many pathways to God, be assured that there’s only one way and only one truth that leads to the one and only eternal life in God’s presence (John 14: 6, 15-24), which is only sort of this article’s focus.
Once in Amarillo, there are several routes through town in an east-west direction. Like going to Clovis, although the routes through Amarillo are different, the destination is the same. That is, they all converge before leaving town to the east or west. In this life, although there are different pathways, everybody’s next destination is the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 10; 1 Peter 4: 17-19; Romans 2: 6-11; 6: 23). At that point, we’re directed to the left or right and immediately arrive at our final destination of which there are only two choices because there actually are only two roads in this life – God’s way and the wrong way – and only God’s way leads through the judgment to God (Matthew 25: 31-46; 7: 13, 14).
Two routes through Amarillo – Interstate 40 and the adjacent frontage road – run almost parallel to each other and each is often visible to travelers on the other road. These two roads can be likened to the two roads in Matthew 7: 13, 14. Christians live in this world, interacting with nonChristians; but, we’re not to be of this world in the sense of sin (John 17: 14-23; 1 Corinthians 5: 9-13).
There’s a network of exit and entrance ramps between the two routes in our example. It’s interesting that those entering the broad road (exemplified by I-40 in this parallel road example) must yield to traffic already on that road while those entering the narrow road (the frontage road) have the right-of-way over those already traveling on that road. God wants us to exit the broad road and never get back on it and he’s made it easy to do that (1 John 5: 3; John 8: 11; 1 Corinthians 10: 13; 1 John 1: 8-2:1).
God gave mankind free will, however, and lets us take the road of our choice (like going to Albuquerque through Las Vegas and Santa Fe). He’ll also let us move back and forth between the two roads, somewhat, or deceive ourselves into thinking we’re on the narrow road as we travel merrily along the broad road (Matthew 7: 21-23; 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-12).
God’s word stands at every exit/entry ramp forcing us to choose the route we’ll take but always encouraging us to exit the broad road or stay on the narrow road (John 5: 39, 40; 12: 47-50; Romans 1: 32). Being on the wrong road is our own fault because we didn’t study the road map and signs well enough to know the difference (2 Timothy 2: 15). The presence of a lot of traffic on the road or that it seems to easy to travel is our first warning sign that we’re on the route to destruction because, as Matthew 7: 13, 14 says, the way to eternal life seems rough and sparsely traveled (Exodus 23: 2; Philippians 3: 17; 1 Corinthians 11: 1; 2 Timothy 3: 12; 1 Peter 5: 6-9; 1 Kings 19: 9-18). Even if Gods’ road seems deserted and in a desert, he’ll provide everything we need to reach our destination of eternal life (Acts 8: 26-39; 1 Chronicles 28: 9; Isaiah 55: 6, 7; 2 Chronicles 15: 1-5). Had Philip and the Eunuch been speeding merrily along the broad road, the Eunuch may never have seen the water beside the road (Hebrews 11: 6; Acts 22: 16).
This article’s I-40/frontage parallel road example isn’t conducive to U-turns; however, most exit/entrance ramps from the frontage road on one side of I-40 actually include U-turns to the other side of I-40 in Amarillo. God permits U-turns, and even wants us to make them from the broad road to destruction onto the narrow road to eternal life. This is called repentance. When we do what God doesn’t want or don’t do what he does want (both of these are sin), U-turning from the narrow road onto the broad road to destruction, the Bible says we have fallen away with the possibility of losing our salvation if we don’t repent (Hebrews 6: 4-8; 10: 26-31).
Which road are you on?
Leonard Lauriault, church of Christ.