Even the most casual study of the New Testament will readily reveal that the early church found their spiritual identity and uniqueness, not in any man, ministry, or movement, but in their Master the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus was their Master. Jesus was their message!
Again, a brief look at the Book of Acts and the various church and pastoral epistles will reveal that the early church, unlike the church today, wasn’t overly concerned with finding some “New Path.” At the same time, they definitely weren’t concerned with reaching back to the past to relocate some lost “Old Paths.”
Yet, they were very concerned, in fact, they were consumed with finding and following HIS PATHS!
O how we need this message today!
Of course, HIS PATHS are found in the Bible. They begin with our submitting ourselves to the Pre-eminence of Jesus Christ [Colossians 1:16-18]; loving God with every fiber of our being, and loving others (including our enemies) as we love ourselves [Matthew 22:36-40]!
Of course, we must not stop there. If we are to faithfully follow in HIS PATH, we must love our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (yes, even those with whom we disagree), as He has loved us [John 13:34-35; Ephesians 5:1-2]; we must love righteousness and hate iniquity [Hebrews 1:9; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:13-16]; separate ourselves unto Christ and from all that is unholy, according to the Word of God [1 Corinthians 6:14-20; 2 Corinthians 6:17], while at the same time, walking in humility and meekness, rather than pride and arrogance, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit [Ephesians 4:1-4; Philippians 2:1-8].
If we desire to continue down HIS PATH, we will have to follow the example of our Lord Jesus and be lovingly concerned about the poor, the needy, and the marginalized in our world, and that would surely include immigrants and refugees [Proverbs 21:13; Luke 4:18; Matthew 25:31-46; James 2:14-20; 1 John 3:16-18; Hebrews 13:1-3].
Of course, if we are to be faithful followers on HIS PATH, the path that He has set before us in the Scriptures, we will have to be faithful stewards of our time, talents, and treasures as we give ourselves to doing our part in fulfilling the Great Commission “around the corner” and “around the world” [Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8].
HIS PATH can be found clearly in the Holy Bible, which is our final authority for both faith and practice. What we believe and how we live should be determined, not by our family, our friends – including our preacher friends, where we attended Bible college, etc., but by God’s Holy Word!
As you can well imagine, I haven’t listed everything, but that listed above will surely keep most of us busy for a season or two.
So, while so many are arguing about the “NEW PATHS” and the “OLD PATHS,” why don’t we just get on HIS PATH and do what we can to make a difference in our world!
“Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”
– Pro 4:26-27