The Narrow Path!

All night long I have been inundated with thoughts about the twists and turns we take in life. Most of us have probably taken a few detours from our predestined path, until we realized that the path set before us, before we were born, was the narrow path that leads straight to the success and victory that God had already planned. “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 is the road that leads to life and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13,14 NIV).

My thoughts led me through a timeline, if you will, of my travel along life’s journey.  In a vision, I saw the narrow path as a map, leading to the fulfillment of all my dreams.  But then I saw, the detours that I had taken that caused me to lose time in reaching my goals.  As a teenager, I detoured because I had reached the crossroad of “Rebellion” a well-travelled, wide road. Angry at my mother for moving us to another state during my last year of high school, I travelled this wide road that could have led to much harsher consequences, but only resulted in a few life-changing aspects that put my dreams on hold–for the first time. When I finally turned back onto the narrow path, things had been put into motion that I thought I could not control.

So while I had actually gotten back on the path for a minute, it wasn’t long before I reached another crossroad, “Curiosity”, another wide road that many had travelled before me. That longing for greater experience in life caused me to turn off the narrow path again, and once more, I discovered that while I was having fun experiencing life in another state, I was also further away from accomplishing the goals that I had. It took a while for me to see that travelling my way was not going to get me very far, so I found my way back to the narrow path.

Getting back to the narrow path wasn’t easy, because I kept running into more crossroads, “Doubt and Insecurity” enticed me for a while keeping me in rut going in circles, but I finally found “Determination” and stayed on that path until I found my way back to the narrow path, a little weary and worn, but I’m back where I belong. I’m on the road to victory and I won’t turn back.  Jesus prepared the Way and I’m keeping my eyes on the Prize in Him.  No devil in hell has any authority over me and I tore down the signs at the crossroads of “Doubt and Insecurity” and erected “Faith in God Will Get You There” just in case anyone else happened to travel that way.

Father, I pray for anyone who has lost their way, gotten off the narrow path that You designed for us, that they will find the strength to reach the sign, “Faith in God Will Get You There”. I pray as they travel, they will seek You while You yet may be found and see the glorious end You have for them. Thank You for allowing me to see what I must do and to encourage others to follow the path of righteousness, a very narrow path that indeed, very few are able to find. Help us O God! In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen!



Be a Light!

“…Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).

If we look at the this entire passage of conversation in which Jesus is telling us how our roles should be seen, we get the picture of being a person who is absolutely necessary in bringing others into the knowledge of God.  In verse 13–we are salt–we have the ability to preserve and stop the bloodshed.  In verse 14–we are light–the light that must shine brightly in a dark world so others can see their way back to Christ.  If they see our good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven, they are more likely going to accept God’s way of doing things.

So, are the problems we face in the world the fault of the people who don’t know God and deny His existence or is that we have not fulfilled our role?  Are we being the preservative of others’ souls we’re instructed to be (instructing, advising, being an example)?  Are others seeing our good deeds so we can win them, not by what we say, but by what they see?

This is not an accusation, but it is intended to ignite reflection about how we–who say we believe–do things.  If we are just talking the talk and not walking it, we’re wasting our time and the time of those we are attempting to convince.  In the minds of some–we are hypocrites. In the minds of some–we are crazy.  I’d rather be thought crazy–because of my public proclamations of God’s goodness than a hypocrite because I’m talking too much or too loud and saying and doing nothing. I’d rather be the light than a partaker of the darkness.

Lord, help me to become a beacon of light in the dark places of souls of all those around me so they will glorify You.