The world tells us there are many ways to God. The Bible tells us that just isn’t true. Jesus declares, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me.” John 14:6 KJV What a startling declaration. Now in Matthew seven we are shown the two roads or destinies of the human race. These are depicted as two highways; the first is a highway that is both broad and wide with enough room for all the multitudes of people who travel it. It is truly revealing to discover this road is for those “who choose its easy way.” Matt 7:13 LB Doing wrong comes naturally, it’s easy. To live a life of self-indulgence is not hard at all. In fact in feels like the right thing to do, to look after our own interest, to promote ourselves. But where does it all lead? Unfortunately, this is the way of human failure.
Why can’t we get it right on our own? “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man but the ends thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14:12 KJV Life without God’s son Jesus leaves us vulnerable and anxious. Man on his own automatically spirals downward. How easy it is to become more selfish, more self-destructive. But God in his mercy has shown us another road that when taken leads to an amazing outcome. Traveling down this road produces a truly rewarding life that ends with the joys of heaven. “Heaven can be entered only through the narrow gate.” Matt 7:13 LB But before we embark on the narrow road we must first encounter the faith gate. Jesus declares, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in by way of the Gate will be saved and will go in and out and find green pastures… My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.” John 10:9, 10 LB
So why doesn’t everyone run not walk to Jesus’ gate? To choose Jesus is to choose the harder way. The gate is narrow and the way often difficult. However, this inspirational life is really the only life worth living. It requires complete dedication for real success and results in a steady growth of character and love for others. Jesus is called the pearl of great price; a man sells all he has to acquire this great treasure. “…When he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all the he had, and bought it.” Matt 13:46 LB
Living the Christian life is the most challenging life possible. In fact it is so challenging that it cannot be lived through human power. No matter what obstacles we are up against God assures us His power to thrive is available right now. “O Lord God! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power, nothing is too hard for you.” Jer 32:17 LB God is waiting to transform the hardness of your life into a masterpiece for all to see. Which road will you choose to follow? It makes all the difference!
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