When I look around and see how this country has changed in the last one hundred years I’m deeply grieved. I’ve come to the conclusion that fear of man will make fear of God impotent
Matthew 7 verses 13 and 14 say that we, as Christians, are to, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (My pastor tells me the “many” mentioned here means majority.)
Well, 21 years ago last March I found it and I’m still thankful. I’ve enjoyed the travelling, and don’t plan to quit. I’ve never subscribed to the majority rules rule, but it was easy for me to go it alone because all my life I never seemed to quite fit in. At school, family, life. Sometimes even in my church. Some of that disconnect is the enemy’s whispers, I know, and some is people not understanding how I’m wired, but my default has slowly over the years become Ephesians 1.6 – He has made me acceptable in the Beloved, which is Christ, and He’s all I care about. I couldn’t care less what man thinks of me. There are too many hungry hearts and seeking souls out there that need a touch from God for me to focus on the nay-sayers. Most people will take the path of least resistance, but that will land you in big trouble in a heartbeat. Ask me how I know.
Philippians 2.2 tells us that we are to nothing – did you catch that? nothing!!! – from selfish ambition or conceit. How often I fall short of this, but I have made it my determined purpose to aim for. Titus 1.15 says that to the pure, all things are pure, but to the “defiled and unbelieving” nothing is pure. They talk about how they know God but their life denies Him. They have no trouble with heaven, it’s the Lordship factor they have a problem with. They want to give Jesus their sin but keep their life. Newsflash – it ain’t happenin’!
Mark 4 talks about different kinds of soil. I’m sure you know the story: wayside, stony ground, thorn briar patch, and good soil. Most everyone you talk to wants to be the good soil but they’re not always willing to do what it takes. A stony path doesn’t become stony overnight, and neither does a heart. It takes time for those rocks to collect there. Your life reflects what’s been planted in your heart. Seeds produce. It’s not the soil but the seed that determines what will grow. If I may go Yoda on you for just a moment, may I give you a thought? Consequences there will be.
Even if you’re not an avid gardener I’m sure you’ve had a weeding experience you’d like to never repeat. We see them when they’re small but don’t always take a minute to pull them out right there and then. We pay for it, though. When we finally do get around to tackling them it’s way harder than it should have been, and much more work than we ever dreamed. The heart is the same way. Get ‘em out when they’re small and they won’t have time to grow big roots. What am I talking about? Thoughts, feelings, ideas. Sin deceives. That’s it’s nature. It may not be big going in but trust me, it will grow. Before you know it you’ll be in over your head.
Today I encourage you to take a long hard look at your life. Is He really everything to you? If not, then you’re not really living. Life without Him is not life at all. Not really. And life with Him is more than you can possibly imagine. Will you come with me on the adventure of a lifetime? Give Him your all, once and for all? It’ll change your life. I promise.
Kari, the narrow-way traveler — wanna come with?
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