Two Roads Diverged

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.

So concludes Robert Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken, In the first chapter of his epistle, James sets forth two very different roads that we can walk that will lead us in two very different directions.

  • One road leads to a crown of life (vs 12) while the other road leads to death (vs 15)
  • One road refines us through fire to make us mature and complete while the other road caters to our selfish wants
  • One road forms in us the character of Christ while the other road captivates us with false promises
  • One road produces joy while the other road produces sin

The question is not, “What road do you want to be on?” That is a nonsensical question. The better question is, “What road are you on?”

If you are experiencing tests and trials, God is using those trials to make you mature and complete. The road may not be easy, but it will produce abiding joy. If you are experiencing temptations that are enticing you, go before Christ who alone was tempted yet without sin and trust in him.

Two roads diverged in a wood. What one are you on?

 

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The Good Gift: A Sermon on James 1

Yesterday, I posted the video from my sermon last week, A Tale of Two Roads, on James 1. This past Sunday, I picked up on James 1 again in a message entitled, The Good Gift. If the video seems a little choppy, it’s because this was our Family Worship Sunday in which the kids were in for the whole service. The service had a different back and forth structure between the music and the preaching. Each of the three parts of the sermon were highlighted by a word picture: a gift, an apple and a mirror.

A Tale of Two Roads: A Sermon on James 1

My wife and I recently adopted a beautiful girl, Charis. She is incredible and we are grateful to have her in our family. But the process of this adoption was the hardest, most painful thing I have ever experienced. In this sermon, I unpack some of what we went through as a family, before diving into James 1, the passage that the Lord laid on my heart throughout the journey. For all of the pain of the process, God was using it to refine me: to make me mature and complete, not lacking anything.