Matthew 7:13-14 "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.
Do you find your decision making guided by the measure of difficulty, the greatest reward, or where there is the least amount of pain? In other words, if it is easier, requires less effort, or is less painful, then that is the route to take? This philosophy is easier, but does it work against allowing Jesus to be the Lord of your life? Throughout Jesus’ ministry He called us to enter through the narrow door of faith: Live in humility, serve others, put others first, help the needy, etc. Faith is the common denominator of every one of these positions? Luke 18:14 asks you to believe in God enough to step down, so He can step up in your life: "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Luke 19:8 illustrates not just getting by, but going above and beyond when Zacchaeus demonstrated repentance, “But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’" My flesh says that repentance and restitution, if necessary, is enough, but Zacchaeus paid back four times the offense! Nothing in the Bible says to pay back four times, but Zacchaeus illustrated a heart that took the narrow path and trusted God and not the flesh. His faith was in God, not his wallet.
God calls Christians to live by faith, trusting Him and not ourselves. This bewildered the disciples in Luke 18:27 to which Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." God wants you to live in the impossible. Pick the tougher road when you have a choice, so to give God the opportunity to be God. Live your life as if God is not only real, but alive and wants to work in you as Luke 20:38 says, “He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to Him all are alive." Experiencing God does not happen safely on the sidelines of life, but as Jesus responded to the father seeking healing for his child in Mark 9:22-23, “’But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.’ "'If you can'? said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for him who believes.’" God does not want our lives to be lifeless, but to live in His power to experience the reality of who Jesus is and the work He desires to do in our life. Take the narrow road, when faced with a choice, so God can step up and be God.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
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