Aug
1
2011

Narrow Is The Way

How many of us have spent a large part of our lives trying to be like everyone else.  From an early age we are pressured by society to fit into the social norm.  I mean who wants to be the weird kid right??  This mentality sometimes stays with us into our adult lives.  A lot of us are still trying to be like everyone else.  We wear the same clothes, go to the same places and want the same material things.  It’s drilled into our brains and woven into our society that we have to be “normal”.

Has anyone taken a step back to think – do we really want to be like everyone else?  How many of us are just like our neighbors, coworkers or friends?  We are overwhelmed, broke, rushed, panicked and always stressed out.  How many of us are living pay check to pay check.  You may be feeling like there has to be something more in this life but you just can not find it.  You may be in the middle of a life that is hurting.  How many of us are just like everyone else?

Well if you are just like everyone else and you are doing what everyone else is doing then maybe you are on the broad path.  Jesus told us broad is the way that ends in destruction and many will be on it.  If you want something better, you have to step off the broad road and do what few do.

 Matthew 7:13-14

 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The teachings of Jesus are unlike anything you will find in the world.  Jesus says if you want to be first, you need to be last.  When you give, it will be given to you.  If someone hurts you, bless them – love and pray for them.  If someone wrongs you, forgive them (seven times seventy).  These things are difficult.  They go against our natural man.  It’s normal to give into your temptations.  But Jesus says if you lose your life for His sake you shall find it.

Matthew 10:32

 32He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

The truth is we are different.  We were set apart before the foundation of the world by our Lord and Father.  Not to do our will, but His will.  Someone once told me if you want what few people have; you have to do what few people do.  God is the goal.  Step through the narrow gate.  Step into a life of purpose, a life of peace, love, joy and security.  We need to believe this and embrace this principal in our daily lives.

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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  • Amen! When we take time to study the teachings of Jesus we quickly realize that true discipleship is radically different from our current cultural norms. I believe that we have unfortunately transformed many His teachings to fit into our croft zone (i.e. the broad way). Keep up the excellent writings!

  • Good article Brother, a very refreshing read for me on a day I needed the refreshment.

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