GET OUT OF THE DITCH
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Ever hear about the proverbial ditch on the side of the road? Actually, in this road of life, there is a ditch on both sides of the road. As Christians, we are all proceeding down this road of life toward the celestial city. On one side of the road is the ditch of sinful or carnal living, on the other side of the road is the ditch of legalism or the way of the pharisee. We actually begin to walk down this road of faith when we are born again, as Paul quoted from the prophets, “the just shall live by faith”. As we are walking down this road we begin to quickly see that both ditches are full of people who claim to be Christians (what they actually are we will leave in the hands of God). The one ditch are the proclaimers of the so-called message of grace. Their lives are hardly different from the people who never got on the gospel road in the first place. They say they are Christians but their ways are the ways of the world. Now on the other side of the road is the ditch of legalism. This ditch is full of people who maybe started by faith but somehow slipped over into a system of man made rules. There are many of such systems and its seems like that ditch is filled with people arguing with other types of pharisees. Its not a happy place.
To stay out of either ditch comes only by the grace of God. We must cling to Him lest we become overcome by the sinful pleasures of this world. We also must look to Christ and remember, except for the grace of God we would never be on the road in the first place. By grace we avoid the pride that leads down the horrible road of legalism.
Charles Spurgeon spoke powerfully about this balance that he tried to keep in his own life.
“The two most important things in our holy religion are the life of faith and the walk of faith. He who shall rightly understand these is not far from being a master in experimental theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unattended by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life which has not for its root a living faith upon the righteousness of Christ. Woe unto those who seek after the one without the other! There are some who cultivate faith and forget holiness; these may be very high in orthodoxy, but they shall be very deep in condemnation, for they hold the truth in unrighteousness; and there are others who have strained after holiness of life, but have denied the faith, like the Pharisees of old, of whom the Master said, they were whitewashed sepulchers.”
So if you find yourself in either ditch don’t be afraid, Christ is drawing near.