Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Narrow Gate

Tonight, or rather this morning, the question on my heart is: Where is your heart? Where are your eyes?

This is a New Year with new opportunities, new joy, new life, new struggles and new death.  In “all of this” that the New Year is bringing we experience change, stress and distress at various times, so I pose the questions again: Where is your heart? Where are your eyes?

Matthew 7:13-14 NLT
“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

How does the narrow gate apply to me? To you?
  • ·         Choice

o   We are at liberty to choose how we live and thus which gate we shall travel through
  • ·         Company

o   Few will find the narrow gate – Many will find the wide gate.
  • ·         Hardship

o   It is natural to go with the crowd so we must endure hardship as we go against them.
  • ·         Holiness

o   There must be a new heart and a new spirit and old things must pass away.
  • ·         Views

o   Some find the narrow gate and choose it
o   Some pass by the narrow gate through carelessness and don’t think much about it
o   Some see it and think they are well enough without the narrow gate
o   Some shun the narrow gate

In conclusion, to enter through the narrow gate we must: Go against the grain, become like children, deny ourselves, put the world off, temptations must be resisted and duties we don’t want to do must be done.  We must walk with care, endure hardships, keep watch in all times and wrestle with the events of life both internal and external.

However, although the path is hard, thorns prick us, and our walk gets exhausting - we go through our tribulation period we remember the gate is not locked or being kept shut. This narrow gate leads to life, to present comfort which is life to our soul and to eternal bliss which shall reconcile us to all the differences and all the inconveniences. One hour in heaven shall make amend for all experiences that went on in this present. The choice is yours and is clearly set before you. Don’t lose your focus of the narrow gate and all it represents to you as a believer. And if you are not a believer at this time, I pray that you may choose life.

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