The Narrow Way
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt. 7:12-14, NIV)
Often, our Christianity will place us in conflict with the lost world around us. According to Jesus, the road to life is an unpopular one. This means that others will neither understand nor appreciate the decisions that we have made. Sadly, they are lost because they do not understand.
“Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.” (Psa. 119:141, NIV)
Frequently, those on the wrong path will despise us. Another common experience is being ignored. This is all part of rejection. If they do not love Christ, why would they value His followers? During these difficult moments, we must hold unswervingly to the God who has called us.
“Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands are my delight. Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live.” (Psa. 119:143-144, NIV)
Food, clothing, and shelter, are all on the list of life’s essentials. The psalmist includes wisdom, which is an item we do not often consider. After deep contemplation, we discover that the songwriter is correct in that wisdom is more vital than oxygen. Eternal life, which is more important than our earthly existence, depends upon our understanding and commitment to the “narrow, unpopular road.”
Father, thanks for showing me the road less traveled. Help me to walk it with all diligence. Grant me wisdom that I might make the right choices today. Enable me to show others this better path that I have found in You. Comfort my emotional, spiritual, and physical wounds that I have received in Your service. Fill me with your Holy Spirit that I might bring delight to Your loving heart. In the mighty name of Jesus I present these requests. Amen!
Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner