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"Have it your way"

The slogan for Burger King was at one point have it your way. Whatever you wanted you could customize it to your exact likings. For example If you wanted a whopper but you wanted no lettuce, extra tomato, light mayo, extra pickles, and cheese they will do it for you. Some may now be rolling there eyes here and saying but will they really? I can not vouch that it you will not always get it EXACTLY the way you ordered it. But what I can say is that was their motto. That's what they will supposedly stand by. They want the customer to be happy and literally what they want they can get. We have become accustomed to the idea what you want you can get. Think about an all you can eat buffet. You can get on your plate exactly what you want, the options are up to you. We have gotten the idea that everything is all about us and exactly what we want. Unfortunately, this line of thinking has spilled over into the religious world and people expect God to be okay or happy with this idea of doing things the way that we want. Let's look at what the Bible says on the topic of "Have it your way."

Jesus is very clear that He is the only one through which we can obtain salvation and eternal life. John 14:6 says "I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the Father except through me." There is a specific route we need to take if we plan on being a Christian. When you travel and use a GPS usually multiple routes are available to get to the same destination. The choice is yours. However, to get to God the Father we have one choice and that is the Way that Jesus prescribes through his word.

Matthew 7:13-14 tells us "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it."

If it was the case that in Chrisitanity you could have it your way why would few find it? It then is the case that Christianity is not a religious group where you can have it your way. It is not about what we want but rather what God wants. He is our master and who are serving.

Matthew 16:24 tells us that if we want to fully follow Christ we are to deny ourselves and follow Jesus. Christianity therefore is not about having it our way but about doing it God's way! Deny yourself means even if we think their is a better way of doing something, if it violates God's word, or is not authorized by God's word we should choose not to do it or participate.

Matthew 28:18 tells us "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth." Jesus has all authority when it comes to religious matters. What does that leave for us? The obvious answer is none. If Jesus has all authority that means things are to be done His way and His way only. That does not leave room for us to have it our way. In fact it is the exact opposite. Christianity is not about what we want.

Colossians 3:17 tells us "whatever we do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus." When we do things are we doing it because we want it or are we doing it because that's the way God wants it to be done. Let us not confuse those two things. They are very different and conflicting ideas.

You can not have both in Christianity, have it your way and do it God's way. We can not serve ourselves and God at the same time. Maybe you have approached Christianity with the wrong attitude and have been serving yourself rather than God. We hope that you take this information to heart and choose to have it God's way and deny yourself in the process!

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