The Two Ways
We all want to believe that we are being led by
God's Holy Spirit. How can we know when we are being too smart for our own
good? When do our actions and motivations become unacceptable to
God? The answer is really quite simple - because, basically, there are
only two ways of life. Some people are "takers." They think
that is the way to success. They are not able to stop and to realize that
"taking," is a form of pride - whereas, "giving is a form of "humility."
Mr. Armstrong called the two ways, the "get way," or the "give
way." What kind of wisdom do we exhibit - the wisdom of this world,
or Godly wisdom?
"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show
out of a good behavior his works with meekness of
wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife
in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This
wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish."
There are lots of different ways to describe the two ways - but it
always comes down to the same thing. The right way vs. the wrong
way. Blessing vs. cursing. Life vs. death. Good vs.
bad. Solomon requested of the Lord, "Give therefore thy servant
an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and
bad." (1Kings 3:9)
Some people tired of hearing Mr. Armstrong speak of the "Two Trees."
One Way was the Tree of Life, the other was not. The truth is,
the great majority of people never understood what he was saying. They
continued to be wise in their own eyes - while continuing in the wrong
direction. "Be of the same mind one
toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be
not wise in your own conceits." (Romans 12:16)
Only God's way produces success and
blessings. He speaks to us as Solomon taught his children.
"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and
forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an
ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." The
wrong way looks enticing and promises more. "My son, if sinners entice thee,
consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let
us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: Let us swallow them up
alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: We shall
find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: Cast in
thy lot among us; let us all have one purse."
Brethren, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. Do not be fooled by this world's way of
glitter and seduction. "My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy
foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed
blood. All those who choose the way of darkness - think it is
light! Their lives are cursed. The end result is sorrow, misery and
eventually, death. "Surely in vain the net is spread in the
sight of any bird.
And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own
lives. So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which takes
away the life of the owners thereof." (Proverbs 1:8-19)
We have no future without God's way. God tells us in advance how things will turn out -
there are no short cuts to the Kingdom of God.