Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Jesus describes two different ways of life: the broad way that leads to destruction, and the narrow way that leads to life. In the flesh it’s easy to take the broad path leaving room for all kinds of things like bitterness, un-forgiveness, resentment and vindictiveness, which all result in destruction. Emotions move us to take the easy way, to do what feels good for the moment. Wisdom, though, moves us to choose the hard way, leaving room only for the Spirit, giving us life. The question is I suppose: which will we choose?
No matter what has happened to you in your lifetime, whether you have been abandoned by your spouse, or abused by your parents, or hurt by your children or others, whatever your situation has been, if you stay on that narrow path and leave your excess baggage behind, sooner or later you will find the peace, joy, and fulfilment you seek.
The Message puts it this way; “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with sure-fire, easy-going formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life – to God – is vigorous and requires total attention.”
Jesus is the way, and He has shown us the way in which we are to walk. Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit to lead and guide us in the way we are to go, the narrow way that leads to life and not the broad way that leads to destruction. (From the devotional Book-New Day New You-by Joyce Meyer)
Ephesians 5:15 “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making best use of the time, because the days are evil.”
Heavenly Father, please help us choose the narrow path today – in our thoughts, with our words, and through our actions. When our feelings rise up and we’re tempted to take the broad path, would you strengthen us by Your Spirit and help us to make wise decisions that we will be happy with later. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God bless you and your families this week.