The world finds great significance in a crossroad. In Christianity and even in the occult there is an importance placed on crossroads. A crossroad is a place where two or more paths meet. It represents a meeting place or a period of contemplation. It is a place of significance, where a choice must be made. I read a secular quote saying the following: “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”, how much more then the significance in our Christian walk?
In conjure, rootwork and hoodoo, a form of African American magical spirituality, one may attend upon a crossroad a certain number of times – at midnight or dawn – in order to acquire various manual and body skills, such as playing a musical instrument, throwing dice or dancing. There, one will meet a black man, whom some call the devil, who will bestow upon one the digressed skills. In the world, crossroads are used as a place to summon demons or to sell your soul to the devil, as did Robert Johnson. Brazilian mythology and Mandala use crossroads to accomplish their tasks. In the UK, there was a tradition of burying criminals and suicides at the crossroads. Eric Clapton sang “fall down on my knees and ask the Lord for mercy please”, in the song Crossroads. The Aztecs and some Indian tribes used crossroads as a place of sacrifice. New Agers believe in using crossroads, which speak of vibrations and energy lines coming together.
Since the devil tries to destroy the work of God, or rather the people of God by stealing what is God’s and turning it to be used by him, there must be great significance in a crossroad for us as Christians.
Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways (deh-rek’ – place where roads meet, a crossroads), and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
God admonishes His people to stand at this crossroad, a place of decision-making, a place of choosing and there receive His direction. Choose the old paths, the old paths of Jesus, of denying self, picking up your cross and following after Him, the old paths of being completely dedicated to Jesus and His purpose, a path of holiness, not modernisation.
God’s ways: It is a good (tobe – pleasant, good, glad, happy, prosperous, kind, right) way, choose this old path and walk in it. You will have tests and trials on this old path, you will face criticism, especially from those walking a “modernised” way, where the conviction of sin is no longer the way to lead people to Christ. We need to beware of falling into the trap of “modernised religion”, where everything is “me-centred”, having the need to be build self up, instead of denying self and in that, taking the focus from JESUS and the humble cross, which is no longer enough. God says get to the old paths again, where Jesus builds us up after the sin is broken down. Rest is found on this old path, rest from myself, and the things dragging me down and away from God.
The occult has taken the literal crossroad so seriously, where they’ve sold their souls to the devil by choice. Let us then, as Christians, take back the spiritual crossroads and choose God, choose Jesus, choose to be led by the Holy Ghost and walk in the old paths that God wants us to walk in. There is a battle over the crossroads of our lives because it is at this very place that we choose which way we are going to go. The reality is, we cannot serve two masters.
Let us then make our choice for Jesus as time is running out. He is worthy of receiving all the honour, praise and glory.