Choosing the Higher Path
I AM “GOING UP”
Jesus told His followers that He was headed for Jerusalem to die on the cross for the sins of the world. That was His purpose and no one was going to stop Him. Jesus uses the word “up” when He talks about going to Jerusalem. This has physical and spiritual implications.
- Your life should be an upward journey.
- Choose the higher path, even when it’s harder.
Choosing the HIGHER PATH
In Israel, the most famous roads were given their names based on where the roads were headed. Israelites have names like the Damascus Road, Emmaus Road, and the Jericho Road. This should teach us how to take the right road in our own life.
- Focus on the destination, not the terrain.
- Give to others the very thing you seek.
- In 2019, I will press on to the highest and the heavenly.
Study and Discussion Questions
1. Often, when people make New Year’s resolutions, they focus on how to make themselves better for their own sake (diet, exercise, quit smoking or drinking, learn something new, etc.). How does the idea of “choosing the higher path” make this resolution more about honoring God than self-focus? Discuss the power in taking the higher road.
2. Read Psalms 120-134. These are called the “songs of ascent” and they were sung as people journeyed to Jerusalem for the festivals. What parts of these psalms uplift your heart the most? Discuss how singing these songs on the way up to Jerusalem would prepare people’s hearts to worship God.
3. Read Luke 6:37-38 and Galatians 6:7-10. What should you give to others that you seek in your own life?
4. Read about taking the high road (Exodus 14:14; Romans 12:17-21; Matthew 5:38-42). How can you let God take care of Satan’s distractions in your life?
Applying the Word to Life
5. Have you gotten side-tracked on your spiritual journey? What do you need to do in order to choose the higher path this next year? What “hard thing” do you need to do to press on?
6. Are you focused on your circumstances right now? What did Jesus teach us as He pressed on towards Jerusalem? What did He say to His Father in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46)?
7. What is your highest goal for 2019? How will you focus on this goal so that you’ll accomplish what heaven has asked of you?