The Easy Way Out

Ever been faced with a difficult decision that you knew would probably be costly in one way or another? Chances are that along with the costly decision you were presented with an easy way out. Many of us have been tempted to take the course of least resistance and the one with the lowest personal cost.

Jesus knew when he took on personal humanity that he was making a cost laden decision. To put aside being God and lowering himself to manhood was not taking the easy way out. The road to Calvary was not easy street. Jesus did not choose the course of least resistance because if he had the price for you and I would have been more than we could consider paying.

Letting us die in our sins would have been the easy way out for him. Allowing us to pay what we owed while he sat and watched would have been the course of least resistance. No, taking a sin laden cross up that lonely hill was not the easy way out.

Calling down legions of angels would have been the easy way out. Staying in heaven would have been the course of least resistance. Allowing justice to have it’s way would have saved Jesus a lot of agony.

What about us? Looking at our response to the price he paid which course are we taking. Do we look at the lost world and take the easy way out? Are we paying a price in time, talent or money? Is our ministry costing us dearly or following the path of least resistance?

Prayer: Thank you God for choosing the cross of wood, the nails of iron, and the crown of thorns. Forgive me for seeking the easy way out.

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