The Link to Life
Often one thing serves as a bridge to get from where we are to where we want to be. Say a college student desires an invitation into an honor society, and all that stands between him and that goal is his final grade on a critical exam. Or perhaps a newly formed company is teetering on the brink of financial ruin. Securing a key contract will prevent their bankruptcy. These scenarios, some large and some small, occur in all of our lives daily. Most are very inconsequential—there is more than one way, in other words, to achieve the desired goal. Others are totally dependent on one, and only one, event coming to pass.
All human beings share one critical link, one defining reality that stands between success and failure both in time and for eternity. It is not one of the inconsequential “either/or” kinds of links. It is THE most important “if/then” link that will confront any person in life. It was first expressed by God through Moses to the Israelites. God told Israel, “IF you will obey the words that I have given you (the Law, or the Covenant), THEN you will live. IF you don’t obey them, THEN you will not live.” Therefore, the defining variable in the Israelites’ equation for life was obedience to God’s word as expressed through the Law. In fact, life was so bound to the keeping of the Law that Moses told the Israelites, “. . . (the words of this law) are your life” (Deuteronomy 33:8).
Moses had just told the Israelites that the Lord was their life (Deuteronomy 30:20), and because the Lord and his word are inseparable, his word is their life as well (Deuteronomy 32:47). Life was literally a choice for them: embrace God’s words and live; ignore God’s words and die.
While the Mosaic Law is no longer the form of God’s word that is the believer’s link to life, God’s words are no less the key. Christ, the Living Word, came to bring life (John 10:10), and it is through His words that we gain it (John 15:7). Life is still a choice—now and for eternity.
God’s Promise to You: “When you obey my word, you choose life.”
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