Thursday, March 19, 2009

Are you taking the narrow way?

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it."
Matthew 7:13-14

There are many times in our Christian walk when we come to a fork in the road. One path is wide and smooth. It is level and makes for easy travel. The other path is rocky, with unlevel ground. There are many obstacles and pitfalls. It is an uphill climb. Which path would you be tempted to take? People you know and respect are taking the wide path. You feel you should take the narrow path. Others wonder what you thinking because it is much easier to go this way. Then you begin to question whether you are doing the right thing.

Then you see Jesus beckoning you down the narrow road. He says, 'I am going this way. Let's walk together. I will help you over the obstacles and strengthen you to walk up the steep hills.' What do you choose? Some tell you Jesus wouldn't go that way.

Jesus calls us to walk down the narrow path, not to follow the majority. When we look at God's word we know Jesus was never main-stream. He didn't follow the crowd. He was seen as a radical. When we follow Him, we are also seen as radicals and that puts us in the minority. But Jesus says to those who follow Him he gives eternal life. I want to be a radical for Jesus, rather than follow a crowd down a path that leads to death.

Even when you feel everyone else is going the other way, stay the course. Keep following Jesus down the narrow path. Let's stand for Jesus together in this world and choose to follow where He leads no matter what the cost.

Love in Christ,
Kim Ratcliffe

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