Sunday, June 6, 2010

About that path.

The Bible says "enter through the narrow gate for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction...but the gate is narrow and the way is straightened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it." Matt 7:13 & 14.

Over the past couple of weeks (Really? Only a couple of weeks? It feels like months!) I've seen that the path to heaven is narrow. It starts out wide enough for a new salvation to get his or her footing but as we grow up in Christ, the Anointing, the path gets rocky and difficult to maneuver. As we gain more knowledge and seek Wisdom and begin to trust fully in God, the path gets narrower still and often has a drop off on one side and a high rock wall on the other. We begin to question just how we'll keep from slipping over the edge and it's often at this place in our walk with Jesus we fall. Because He could see that coming he made the drop off just deep enough to get our attention and shallow enough so that we can climb back up.

There comes a time in our Christian walk, however, when the path becomes the width of a balance beam and even reduces to nothing more than a tightwire. At this point in the path we must keep our eyes on Jesus and the prize of our high calling to get through that gate. There may be a few skillful in the Word who might be able to stay on the rope for quite awhile without truly following Jesus anymore but they will fall if they don't look up to heaven. Just think back to all the mighty men of God who have fallen hard: Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker, Ted Haggard just to name a few.

The thing is, though, that even if you manage to get almost all the way across that swinging, narrow, rope and then slip off God still wants you back. God Himself will set you back on that path at exactly the place you fell if only you ask.

Few people will ask.

God said more than once that He's set Life and Death before us and then he told us which to choose! Choose Life! Choose LIFE!

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