What extremes do people go to to get the one thing they think they need? If you watch the news you will see a lot of people who go to some pretty amazing extremes to get what they want. An addict will rob a pharmacy in order to get drugs. A person who loses his job will rob a bank to get money to pay the bills. An executive will steal from the common man in order to get financial gain. What we humans do to get something that will fade away, rust or squandered away is amazing.
The story of Robert Johnson should be a reminder to us, that when we stand at the crossroads of life we need to decide what we are willing to sacrifice or give to God in order for him to be glorified in our lives and in this world. Are we willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order to be followers of Jesus? As I sit here and reflect on this story of Johnson I wonder how many of us have compromised our faith in order to attain something that has little eternal value. How many of us have sacrificed our families in order to have bigger homes? How many of us have sacrificed our morals for a quick fix (whether it be for drugs, alcohol or an affair)? Or worse yet how many of us have sacrificed our relationship with God and fellowship with believers simply because we just don’t feel like putting in the effort? I pray that as we stand at the crossroads that we can willingly give all to God and allow Him to truly be our hope, our heart, and our desire.