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"Living the Narrow Way"

Date published: 07/26/2017
Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.” (NIV) 

   We humans often take the easy path. Instead of pursuing something of greater worth, we take the easy way, compromise on what is best, what takes the least amount of time, the great (but not what you need) deal, or what requires the least commitment. This Scripture is speaking directly to salvation – the narrow door is Jesus who is the only way for salvation. This verse can equally apply to living the Christian life: You can get up earlier for time with God or get extra sleep; spend part of your day off ministering to someone or enjoy some of life’s pleasures; use your time helping another grow spiritually or go to a second small group. In all these examples both sides are okay. The question is what does God want? Experiencing God’s best often means sacrifice, but with sacrifice comes an inpouring of God’s work resulting in a greater fullness of Christ. Ephesians 3:16-19 says, “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV) 

   Every step of faith involves choosing between satan’s temptations, the world, your flesh, or choosing God. God’s way is always narrow compared to the world’s allures. In Luke 17:33, Jesus further explains what is meant by the narrow door: Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (NIV) You must learn to step out in faith if you want more of God, His best, and the full breadth of what He has for you. Nothing is easy about going against the grain of this life while letting go and letting God. Paul in Acts 14:22 said, "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." (NIV) Yielding to God is wonderful, but it cuts across every grain of life. Listen to some of the fruits of being sold out for Christ in Ephesians 3:16-19: “Out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you;” “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;” “Know His love;” and “Filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Why short change your life for what Christ has for you? Enter through the narrow door at every opportunity, so that you may experience all God has for you! 

John 5:30 “I (Jesus) seek not to please Myself but Him who sent Me.” (NIV) 

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