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Don’t Take The Shortcut

By Don Loftis | 11.09.11

Several years ago, a noted author and his wife were leaving on a trip.  He convinced her that he had found a better route for their trip than the one the computer had generated.  It was 50 miles shorter and would save them over an hour of travel time.  The problem was that the highway came to a dead end at the Mississippi River.  Though it picked up on the other side, there was no bridge.

There are no shortcuts to building a good marriage.  Both partners have to develop communication skills, practice patience and forgiveness, and persevere through the good and the bad times.  There are no shortcuts to a balanced budget–at home or in Washington.  There are no magic pills  to achieve weight loss or physical fitness.

Likewise, there are no shortcuts to discipleship.  Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mt. 16:24).  Paul offered no magic pill to developing faith when he wrote, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17).  John echoes Jesus’ message to the church (Rev. 2:10), “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  There was no shortcut to the eternal reward.

The media advertises all types of simple, easy, painless, and inexpensive solutions to our complex problems.  The reality is that most of these are deceiving, disappointing, and dangerous.  God took no shortcut in addressing our “sin-issue”; He sent Jesus to die on a cross.  We need to be careful not to offer a shortcut in our response.

 


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One Response to “Don’t Take The Shortcut”

  1. Jan King says:

    Very good message!

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