Walking the Narrow Road
- Thursday, May 20, 2010
Have you ever reached a point in your life where you needed some direction? Where you wanted someone to just show you the path to take or tell you what to do? I have a time or two.
It is not very difficult to find "help" in a situation like this. Everywhere I look, I can find people, resources, websites and "solutions" for everything—what I "should" be doing and how to achieve it, how to look better or "fix" something about myself, how to find the perfect job and become wealthy, how to get "more" and be "happy," etc.
Although the world's view of what is important in life (and how to get there) can seem enticing, glamorous and simple at times, it runs contrary to what the Bible instructs us to do.
World: Be like Mike.
Bible: Be like Jesus.
World: The person with the most toys wins.
Bible: It is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:23).
World: We deserve everything.
Bible: We don't deserve anything (Psalm 103:10).
World: We are not responsible.
Bible: We each must account for ourselves (Romans 14:12).
Some of us have gradually been influenced over time to strive, pursue and live for those things that are of this world, and have now found ourselves on a different road from what our heart truly desires.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2).
For many of us (singles), our choices may appear to be broader than those who are married or have children since we are able to make many of our decisions strictly based upon our own needs and wants. However, we will be accountable as everyone else for all of our decisions, even more so if we are squandering our time and God-given opportunities.
So, how do we get back on path?
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).
Have you ever been to a sporting event or concert where you were a part of a large crowd? It is so easy to get swept up and literally carried along. Trying to navigate against the flow is nearly impossible. The only means of escape is finding an alternative path where others would not look or be willing to take.
That is what life can be like when we get caught up in what everyone else is doing. The culture of today's society is like a massive current that can engulf and deposit us in some new location far from where we want to be.
In order to avoid being misguided, we must actively and deliberately seek the Lord for His guidance, insight and strength in order to recognize these opportunities and options which may be obscured or not as pronounced as the obvious ones. A resolute effort needs to be made on our part for us to see those doors that are cracked open specifically for us.
Sometimes, we may not pursue a course of action due to our own personal fears, weaknesses, doubt or uncertainty. As a result, we turn away and miss out on those narrow hidden paths that were intended for us to take.
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave (Proverbs 15:24).
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