I am a big fan of the Indiana Jones movies. Once in a while, since I was his only son, (with two sisters) my dad would take me out with him to see a “boy” movie – a tradition I continued with my own son when he was little and now with my son-in-laws as well!
There is a scene in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” where Jones and the “villain” need to choose the cup Christ drank from in order to receive eternal life. The villain (since he had the gun) chooses first, and picks a beautiful silver cup and, of course, not really knowing who Christ was, drinks from the cup stating, “this cup is certainly the cup of a king” (or something to that affect). His outcome of course was not a good one after he drinks the water. I’ll save you from the gory details of his demise. I DO, however love the comment of the guardian when he observes what unfolds and simply states, “He chose poorly”. Jones on the other hand knowing history and of Christ, knows Christ was a carpenter and picks the simple wooden cup to drink from. The guardian of the cups response to his choice was, “You have chosen wisely”.
Life is full of SO many choices. Some as simple as what to have for breakfast and some difficult because of their possible lifelong effects (college choice, vocation, whether to marry and who to marry…).
However, there is one more choice which greatly affects THIS life AND the life after death! We can choose not to believe in Christ and serve ourselves OR we can choose to accept him as our savior and allow him to direct us all the way into and throughout eternity. According to scripture, one road is more difficult and less traveled and there is no road in between:
Matthew 6:24 says:
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Then Matthew 7: 13 and 14 says:
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
This poem by Cooper Abrams (who revised this version of the Robert Frost poem) “The Road Not Taken” says it all:
Two roads diverged in a forest glen, and I wondered which I should take, And long I stood and pondered, looking down each road as far as I could, to see what choice I should make. I looked for direction to made my choice. One was well traveled, broad and wide, and looked easy as it crooked through the glen. The other was strait, narrow and clearly less worn. Which road, I contemplated, would I have the better end. Then there appeared a Man with a book in his hand, It pages He knew so well, He sternly spoke and with authority said, ”This book the end of both roads will show. It says the wide road will take you to dark depths, to a place you do not wish to go.” He then smiled said don’t look so grim, I prepared the narrow way for you take, where you never go alone, For this strait road is the only way, and I will go with you and take you home. It was years ago I stood at that the fork in the road, and the Man’s sound counsel I took. The road was as he said, and the end as stated in the book. Two roads diverged in a forest glen, and I– I took the one less traveled by, I let the Savior lead me by His word, And that has made all the difference.”
In college, I came across a “Daily Bread” devotional that was titled, “Two Roads to Choose”. It stated that we had just one life to live and two choices of how to live it: serving ourselves, or serving Christ. I made the decision that morning while reading that devotional that the choice for Rich Rose was to serve Christ wholeheartedly -thus my life’s verse of Col: 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” It was a choice I do not regret and is what God desires for each of his children!
Consider what choice you have made. It’s not too late to give your life fully to Him and let your creator fulfill his purpose in you for this life AND forever! When you finally meet Christ, will he say, “you chose poorly”, or you chose wisely”. Take a lesson from Indiana Jones and chose the simple wood cup of a carpenter…