My son and I had a conversation about a year ago discussing the myth that God actually wants us to live FOR Him, to perform well for Him in order to feel better about ourselves and help God to feel better about us. I suggested to Caleb that God actually wants us to live WITH Him. Like I often do, I asked him to relate back to me in his own words what he took away from our discussion. This time, however, I asked him to write it down.
I am so glad I did.
And it relates well with this week’s suggestion (see Monday’s post).
Here is what Caleb wrote:
THE THREE ROADS
by Caleb Dukes
(eleven years old)
We are going to find out which road is better for our lives. Living for me, living for God, or living with God. In Matthew 7, verses 13-14, Jesus says that entering through the wide gate with a road that is wide leads to viscous problems. But the narrow gate, which is tough to get through, leads to life, even though it is tough. We are going to find out which road is better. The road that is living for us, the road that is living for God, or the road that is living WITH God.
If we were to live for self, that would be the road to self indulgence. We would be asking ourselves, “What’s good for me?”. If we went on that road we would be going our way and be thinking of ourselves. It would lead to loneliness even though we thought that it would be a good road, and look strait and smooth, it would lead to sadness. Would you like to choose that road for your life?
If we were to live for God, that would be the road of self-righteousness. We would be asking ourselves, “How can I be good?”. If we chose this road, we would be going man’s way and be trying to be better than others. It would lead to being lost and not being able to find our way back home. The road would lead to disappointment. We would think that the road is strait but it ends up curving away. Would you like to choose this road?
If we were to live WITH God, that would be the road of righteousness. We would be asking, “How good is God?”. If we went on this road we would be going His way. It would lead to life. The road would lead to abundance. It would be hard at first but it ends up leading to love. Would you like to choose THIS one?
The bottom line is to live WITH God. Because this road leads to His righteousness. This road leads to abundant life, full of expectancy, full of life, and love. You don’t need to live for yourself or for God. This is the road you need – to live WITH God.
[ so grateful for Caleb. He is not perfect. He is becoming. Praying all of our kids and yours will not only be able to learn about living with God, but actually live with God. Every day of their lives. Together. ]