If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen are defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be de-lighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, and dry cleaners depressed? I say, it follows that a Christian’s life can likewise become a disaster, given the right set of wrong choices.
Everyone, Christians and unbelievers alike, is subject to the law of sowing and reaping. When Christians sin, it is worse than when the lost sin because Christians have the Holy Spirit living within them. If a believer continues to live after the flesh, he will reap death, sometimes prematurely. Why the harsh penalty? Because God will not tolerate it when His children walk their own way. This is rebellion.
Instead of following our own path, we should submit ourselves to the leading of the Holy Spirit. We do this by identifying with the death of Christ (that is, to acknowledge the death of our old nature with Christ and the fact we no longer have to live in sin) and living through His power. Because our eternity has already been determined upon our faith in Christ, now the key question we must ask ourselves is, What life am I going to live for You, dear Lord?
There is a way which seems right to a man. This road is paved with television shows and movies of a certain kind, reading material of a certain quality, ambitions of a certain nature, and friends of a particular character. The carnal Christian takes it, and finds it is a slippery path leading to disaster and death. On the other hand, submitted saints follow the path which tends to life. It is a path which has the Spirit of God for its Guide and the Word of God for its Roadmap. Believers have those who fear the Lord for their companions. — This is the path of truth and light. Those who tread it never dread it, for they keep its end in sight.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.