The Path of Least Resistance
One day walking a hot dirty African road, a man named Joseph who came from a Muslim background met someone who shared Christ with him.
Right then and there he accepted Jesus as his Savior, and the power of the Holy Spirit overwhelmed him with such joy that the first thing he wanted to do was go back and tell his own village.
He went from door to door telling of the cross and the forgiveness for sin. He expected their faces to light up as his had when they discovered this wonderful truth. But, to his amazement, they became violent: the men seized him and held him to the ground while the women beat him with strands of barbed wire. They Dragged him and left him to die alone in the African bush.
Surprisingly he revived and made it to a water hole where he spent days recovering. He was confused and finally decided that he must have left something out or he must not have told the story correctly.
After rehearsing the message, he returned, stood in the circle of huts and began to proclaim Jesus once again. Again, he was grabbed by the men and beaten by the women, reopening the wounds that had just begun to heal. He was dragged unconscious out to the bush again and left to die.
Days later he awoke and now even more determined to go back. This time he was attacked before he even opened his mouth. Before he passed out the last thing he saw was that the women who were beating him had begun to weep.
This time he awoke in his own bed, and the ones who had beaten him were now trying to save his life.
The entire village eventually came to know Jesus Christ.
I tell this story because of the resistance this man faced for trying to tell others about Jesus. Resistance to the Gospel is many times the norm.
In 1 Samuel 23:29 (ESV) we read “And David went up from there and lived in the strongholds of Engedi.”
When we, like David, are faced with difficulties or challenges in our life our first instinct is to run and hide. David was on the run from King Saul and facing death. David takes refuge in the caves near Engedi to get away and find safety.
Instead of hiding and just existing in his circumstances, we’re told David “lived”. David “lived in the strongholds”. David didn’t just hide to get away from the troubles that surrounded his life, he lived!
This is our example as well. We can take the “Path of Least Resistance” or we can live our lives victoriously in our circumstances. Live, Live, Live! Live without fear, Live knowing that wherever we are or whatever our circumstances we can live unafraid.
The “Path of Least Resistance”, like the photo above, isn’t the path that God usually leads us down. If we’re are living a life pleasing to God we will face resistance from the world, neighbors, friends and family. The “Path of Least Resistance” will be easy, the path of following Jesus will be filled with obstacles and even cause us to stumble and fall sometimes. But the path if filled with victory!
If you’re looking for an easy Christian life that is pleasing to God, you can find it but you will miss what God has in store for you and His church. If you choose to be pleasing to God and be about His business there will be some hardships and trials. You may get hurt… you may lose some friends… maybe even family. But the path least traveled is lined with great reward for a life pleasing to God.
If you continue on the path least traveled though, you may see some of your friends and family choose to follow the same Savior you chose.
Like Joseph in the story, there may be some hardships along the way. But persevere and keep your eyes on Jesus.
- The results of believing and trusting God’s promises
- Who is robbing you of your Joy?