Fork In The Road – 3/28/18 PM

Fork In The Road

  • Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Intro: In this passage, we see:

  1. The Clarity of the Choice – vs. 11-14
  2. The Contrast of the Choice – vs. 15
  3. The Consequences of the Choice – vs. 16-18
  4. The Crossroads of the Choice – vs. 19, 20 I have set before you…NOW CHOOSE!!!

 

Life is filled with crossroads.

QUOTE: When you come to a fork in the road, take it. – Yogi Berra

I want to look at just three examples of the many “FORKS IN THE ROAD” that you and I will encounter in this life.

 

YOU’LL COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD…

I. Concerning a Life of Following the Savior

 

A. Rich young ruler – Matthew 16-

He came to Jesus looking for eternal life.

  • 16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

Somewhere, he had heard about it and heard that Jesus was the Person to come to.

Jesus gave him some simple instructions.

  • 21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

At this point in time, he was standing at A FORK IN THE ROAD.

Notice this young man’s decision.

  • 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

 

He chose death. He turned his back on ETERNAL LIFE for the curse of riches and possessions.

 

B. Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10

Here is the story of another rich man.

He had heard about Jesus and started looking for him.

He couldn’t see, so he climbed up and sat in the fork of a tree.

You could say he found himself at a FORK IN THE ROAD.

Jesus came up to him and offered to abide at his house.

He skinned the bark off of that sycamore tree and he chose LIFE and BLESSINGS!

 

YOU’LL COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD….

II. Concerning a Life of Foolish Sin

 

A. David and Bathsheba – 2 Samuel 11:1-4

2 Samuel 11:1-4

  • 1 And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
  • 2 And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king’s house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.

David woke up and walked outside on his balcony.

There on that balcony was a FORK IN THE ROAD.

He had two options; he had two choices; life or death; blessing or cursing.

  • 3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?
  • 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house.

He chose death; he chose cursing.

He chose the path of fulfilling his fleshly, carnal desires.

The result was the sword never left his house, even until today.

The result was the curse of never-ending judgment on his family.

 

B. Joseph and Potiphar’s wife – Genesis 39:6-12

  • 6 And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.

Here, Joseph found himself at A FORK IN THE ROAD.

He was a young man, somewhere between 17 and 28 years of age.

Never been married; never been with a woman.

Here was his chance. Here was his opportunity.

And it kept presenting itself.

He had to make a choice – Death or life? Blessing or cursing??

  • 8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
  • 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
  • 10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
  • 11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
  • 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.

He chose life. He chose God’s blessings over the temporary pleasures of sin.

 

YOU’LL COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD….

III. Concerning a Life of Faithful Service

 

A. Demas

  • Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

Demas was a fellowlabourer with the Apostle Paul.

He enjoyed the company of Paul and great men like Luke and Mark.

  • Colossians 4:14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

Imagine being able to travel with Luke – the disciple and man that wrote Acts.

Luke was a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about the Lord, about the church, the ministry…

One day, Demas came to A FORK IN THE ROAD.

  • 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

He had to choose a life of loving the Lord or loving the world.

He chose the world.

He chose death and cursing over life and blessing.

 

B. Gaius

3 John 1-6

  • 1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
  • 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
  • 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
  • 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
  • 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
  • 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church:

Gaius, some believe, may had had some physical problems.

Paul was very dogmatic in his prayer for his health to be as prosperous as his soul.

Yet – Gaius when he was at THE FORK IN THE ROAD – he chose life and blessings.

Notice his passion for:

  1. the Word – “truth” is mentioned 5 times in verses 1-8
  2. the Walk – mentioned twice
  3. the Work – vs. 5 (thou doest faithfully) vs.8 (fellow helpers)

Conclusion: God is clear – He is calling heaven and earth to record this day against you – NOW CHOOSE! (Deut. 30:19)