The immensity of the canyon surrounds you. You look at the walls of rock and stone, and bask in the glorious light of the Son as it floods the canyon. Which way do you go? How do you know the right way? As we continue the series of Christ in the canyon, and exploring Christ in nature, today we will look at the Path.
If you haven’t read the first few installments in this series you can read them below, but this series is set up so you don’t have to read any of them in order.
As you walk in to any National or state park, and in this case the canyon, you will notice at various spots throughout the park called trailheads. A trailhead is the starting point of any path.
Jesus Christ is the trailhead. He said,
no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6
To get started on the trail, you must come to the trailhead to follow the path. When it comes to following Christ, we must first come to Christ, not some made up of version of Christ. We must believe, and repent.
Not only is he the trailhead, but he is the path itself. He said,
I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6
He is the way, the path that we are to follow. We do not model our lives after other Christians; we follow the path. Even if we have a trail guide or mentor, we are still following the path and not the guide. They just may happen to know the path a little better than us. If we happen to lose our way on the path, just watch for the cairns.
I’m sure you are probably wondering, “What is a cairn?” Officially a cairn is a memorial or landmark. Typically you will see small stacks of rocks along the trail while hiking in parks pointing you in the right direction. If you can no longer see a distinct path, look around for a cairn.
These cairns in following Christ can come in the form of spiritually mature men and women, alive or dead, who can lead you back to the path (Christ) through their writing, speaking, and teaching.
The majority of cairns will point you in the right direction, but on occasion you must watch out for the malicious placement of a cairn (false prophets, false teachers, and those who only like to tickle the ears). These pseudo cairns will lead you down false paths and away from the main trail, Christ.
The Path & The Pseudo Path
The true path is Christ and Christ alone. Any teaching that leads you to put your trust in anything other than who Christ is, is a pseudo path. This would include:
- What God can do for you more than Christ Himself.
- A prosperity gospel
These things are not bad in and of themselves, so don’t get me wrong here. I fully believe God still heals, provides, prophesies, and performs miracles. What I am saying is that if any teaching teaches you to seek these things rather than Christ, they are a pseudo-path. If they teach you to seek or follow Christ because of what He can do for you, such as these, they are a pseudo-path.
We follow Christ because he is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). All things are summed up in Him (Ephesians 1:10). All things are from Him, and to Him, and through Him (Romans 11:36). All things are held together by Him (Col. 1:17).
All of these other things are merely bi-products, or gifts that are available. Did your parents give every child or family member the exact same gift? …Probably not.
Friends there is only one Path, and that Path is Christ. As you walk the path through the canyon, walk the Path with Christ. You are walking by Christ’s life. If you lose you way, find the cairns that lead back to the path, and keep going. He is the canyon. He is the light. He is the Path.