The Way of Jesus is a Sober One

Written by Joe Dardano

We know that early Christians were not called “Christians” but people of the Way (Acts 9:1-2). In the Book of Proverbs, God teaches us to seek wisdom in order to live in “the way” (Prov 23:19). That wisdom originates from God and its beckoning rests on our minds to cultivate our wills toward our heavenly Father’s will by praying for our hearts to truly love the pathways of the Father, Son & Holy Spirit. If we love God & His ways with feeling, then we live in wisdom; however, that feeling needs constant direction from our wills to choose Godly things daily. The power that guides us to change our lives into the way of God is the heart. The heart is essential to produce the fruits of faith and the heart needs to learn, study and take advice from our creator. The following verses in the Book of Proverbs offers clues to what a wise and Godly life looks like when living in “the way”: “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags” (Proverbs 23: 20-21). Sobriety is a sign of living in the way of God. This is a proven clue, that if you are living soberly, you are guided by wisdom through a persistent application of your will to choose objects of desire that are pleasing to God. And as you persistently choose the desires of God over and over through time, your heart will come to love the ways of God and, ultimately, you will be living in “The Way.”

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Joe Dardano

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