Matthew 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. but the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow and few ever find it.” (NLV)
I used to imagine myself on the road of life. It was a straight road that from time to time would come to a fork in the road and I would have decide which way to go. Sometimes the road got bumpy, and sometimes there were road blocks that slowed me down. But in the end, there was heaven. If I could just keep that forward motion I would end up there. Or equally, when my time expired, heaven could meet me on that path wherever I was at that time. It’s seemed like a reasonable metaphor for life. But one night God painted me a different vision from my straight road theory.
Imagine a large field. On one side of the field is a really big gate. I mean big. You can’t miss it! Like trying to find the moon on a dark clear night. It’s kind of fool proof. Anyone can do it. That’s like the gate to hell. On the opposite side of the field (did you get that? the opposite side), way in the back there’s another gate. It’s really tiny and easy to miss. That’s the gate to heaven. In the middle of the field there’s a herd of buffalo. If you’ve ever seen a herd or a pack of anything, they run together. A few buffalo started running in the wrong direction and the rest joined in.
I think we have all ended up joined to the wrong herd. Maybe we intentionally put ourselves into it and started running towards the wrong gate, or maybe we just picked up our feet and got carried off.
So how do we ensure that we are on the right path? How do take those first scary steps in the opposite direction of the rest of the world? Or maybe it’s even simpler: how do we decide to stop drifting and put our feet down? It all begins with a realization that we are not satisfied with where we are and a desire to change, followed by action on our part.
Our new years resolution? To get spiritually fit and be active for God. If you would like to be challenged this year, if you know something has to change in your life but can’t figure out what, if you think you might be part of the wrong herd, than we invite you to join us along our journey. As we look deep into one of our favourite passages, Romans 12, we hope to see a new side of our Heavenly Father.
So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong. Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT)
Sarah & Dove
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the time you have given us to invest in your word Lord.
I pray that you use the thoughts we have accumulated regarding your word, to bring light to dark places Father. I thank you for your wisdom in your written word, and I humbly ask that you make us your hands and feet. Bring about spiritual refresh to our lives, and encourage your roots to take hold in our hearts and in the hearts of those who read this.
In your name we pray…Amen.