The Narrow Path

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This shouldn’t be a difficult topic to write about. I believe Jesus’ words. Truth is I just want to write out Matthew 7 and say buck up and take the road less traveled. Yes, even if it means denying yourself or earthly treasures in this life because you will reap the reward of eternal life. Yet what makes me do a double take every time is when the passage says few will find the narrow road, Why? And Why do some stay on the broad road knowing the outcome? I will never know the true heart of man but I thought it would be fun to explore that topic.

So why is that broad road so appealing. I think it gives us the perception that we are governing ourselves. Our hearts are content because we get to be the boss and in control. Pursuing our own selfish desires. The same ones that Adam and Eve pursued when they found that apple to be attractive. I understand that.because I was on that road and while on it I loved it or thought I did. I didn’t want someone telling me what to do with my time, money, body or how to treat someone. I was happy living for me. Investing in things without true meaning. Mostly because they were pleasing to my five senses. Never realizing it’s a temporary fix and in order to be content again, you have to find something bigger and better, always striving for the next thing. Honestly, I can say it was exhausting but I didn’t want to change. Definitely not for a narrow road, Not for a road where Jesus says to pick up your cross, deny yourself and follow me.  So is the broad road as great as it seems?Well, we live in a great country, the US is a superpower and probably the most powerful country in the world with freedoms and opportunities to pursue your dreams. The deception of the wide road with it fancy lights and big dreams is definitely afforded in the US. With all these pluses why is it that according to the World Health Organization, the US ranks 3rd in the world for alcohol and drug abuse, depression, and anxiety. I am not an expert but I can tell you we are not looking for the right things. We seem to identify ourselves by what we have or by our titles,  which in the end leaves us empty. Only when you take the mask off of the wide road you see how hollow it is and that we need God to show us a better way.

When you truly see who Jesus is you are happy to walk that narrow road. I am the happiest I have ever been. Yes it’s true it’s not an easy road and I may walk in a crooked line, stumble and fall but I trust in Christ and not myself to continue the journey. With that trust, I have found the peace that surpasses all understanding. No matter if you walk alone you take that walk because it leads you to the one your heart longs for. Knowing that at the end it leads you home. Where your heart will be complete because you will be in fellowship with God for eternity. Just like it was intended to be. When you can finally hear the words you are longing to hear, “Well Done My Good and Faithful Servant.” Until then let’s follow Paul’s example in his letter to the Philippians when he wrote “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,]for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ… one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.-Tony Romero

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