The Better Way

August 11, 2016

The Better Way

Jimmy woke up one morning with a hang over. His mind was groggy. He wondered why he was on the bed fully dressed, including his shoes. Little by little the puzzle pieces began to fall in place regarding what had happened the day before.

It was pay day. He went by the bank and cashed his check. Then he went to the mall to go on a shopping spree. As he walked through the mall a teen age girl came up to him and handed him a gospel tract. He saw that the title was “The Better Way.” When he realized what it was he crumpled it up in his hand and threw it on the floor. As he did so he cursed the religious nuts who have nothing better to do than propagate religion.

When he came to the bar he decided to stop in and have a few drinks. A few led to a few more and then a few more. When he looked at his watch he saw that it was nearly bed time. He paid the bar tender and made his way home.

When Jimmy walked in the door of his house he saw that his wife was waiting for him. She took one look at him, collapsed in a chair, and broke into uncontrollable sobs. Instead of making an effort to console her, Jimmy staggered into the bedroom. He threw himself on the bed and went asleep.

As Jimmy lay there the next morning he couldn’t help but feel guilty and ashamed of himself. He remembered that his wife had warned him that the next time he came home drunk she was going to pack up and leave him. Jimmy certainly didn’t want that. He was asking himself, “What do I need to do to get control of myself?”

As he lay there thinking, his mind went back to a time some years ago when his uncle Fred talked to him. He had tried to get him to see that he needed to become a Christian and surrender his life to God. Jimmy turned him off by saying, “No, I prefer to live my life the way I want to.” His uncle Fred closed the conversation by saying “Well if you ever see your need of a change in your life let me know. I would sure be glad to help you.” Jimmy knew that uncle Fred and aunt Sharon had been church goers even before they said their wedding vows.

Jimmy’s wife still lay asleep at his side. He knew that he needed to ask her to forgive him. He wondered if she would forgive him. He lay there searching for words to say what he needed to say.

When he heard his wife move a little bit in bed he turned over, put his arm on her shoulder, and woke her up. He said, “Honey, I’m awful ashamed of what I did last night. I know you are ashamed of me too. Please forgive me. I remember you threatened to leave me if I got drunk again. You have reason for leaving me, but please don’t do that. I need you. I have decided I need to get my life turned around and I need your help in doing it.”

Then he told her about uncle Fred and aunt Sharon. He said, “We need to go and have a talk with them. You also need what they have to offer, but you don’t need it nearly as bad as I do.” She agreed that that was what they should do.

Now we are going to leave Jimmy and his wife and make some applications. Maybe you aren’t in a situation as desperate as Jimmy’s, but if you have left God out of your life you haven’t found the better way.

To be in the better way doesn’t mean there will be no more trials in life. Matthew 5:45 says that God sends rain on the just and the unjust. Our observation is that the same could be said regarding afflictions. The difference is that the just don’t suffer all the grief that is suffered by those who live their life the way they want to, without giving any consideration to what God says is right. The Bible says, in Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

The entrance to the better way is the same for everyone. It begins with repentance toward God. Acts 3:19 says “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.” Everyone must come before God just like Jimmy had to come before his wife and confess that he had sinned against her, and ask for forgiveness. Jimmy had to come before God in that way. Then we have to ask God to forgive us on the merits of the sacrifice Christ made when he died on the cross for us. Acts 16:31 says, “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

Why don’t you join the millions who are in the better way? They have put their trust in God as it says in Psalm 37:3. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”

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