“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” C.S.Lewis
Some people view Christianity as restrictive. Nobody likes to be told how to live their life and as a Christian you have to follow a bunch of rules and stuff. No thanks.
I have followed Jesus for a while, and ‘restrictive’ is really not the word I would use to describe my faith. I don’t feel limited. I know I’m not missing out.
Following Jesus is not easy, but it is freeing. It may not fit the current trend in our culture, but it doesn’t have to. It has withstood the test of time and different cultures around the world. Being a Christian isn’t comfortable, but with a living God who goes before us and who is with us always, it is possible to stand and overcome any battle.
‘The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.’ Deuteronomy 31:8
The Narrow Road
‘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.’ Matthew 7:13-14
The Christian walk is a narrow road. There are often frequent roadblocks in the form of sin. Temptation at every corner. A wider road seems more inviting, easier and comfortable. Many people choose this road.
However, those that choose the narrow road have committed themselves to a God with the ultimate map. God doesn’t keep this map a secret from us. He is with us on the journey of life. He promises an abundant life when we follow Him. How can we live an abundant life, yet still suffer, struggle and sin? The answer is Jesus. He is ‘the way, the truth and the life’ (John 14:6). Jesus gave Himself for each of us – there is no secret.
Who can enter the road that leads to life? Everyone. It is a narrow road and few find it because they do not ask Him, they do not seek Him, so they do not find Him. God has made it plain to us that ‘everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened’ (Matthew 7:8). It is up to us to choose Christ. He has already chosen us to be His, if only we would ask, seek, knock…
The Wide Road
The path to destruction is a wide road without God. We can see people choosing other things other that God in everyday life. It is easy to make money our idol, rather than striving to live frugally with little money. It is easy to follow our lustful eyes, rather than loving all people around us with a true and sincere Christ-like love. It is easy to do what we want to do, rather than thinking about what needs others may have. It is easy to sit at home watching TV than to spend time with friends and family in prayer and thanksgiving.
The wide road may seem like an outstretched motorway, but eventually there will be an accident and then gridlock. Life comes to a stand still and you have nowhere to go. Perhaps you cry out in prayer. Or maybe the motorway of your life is pretty clear and you get to the destination quicker without realising you have missed all the beauty and promises of God along the way.
Which Road Will You Choose?
Life is full of choices. Which road we choose is entirely up to us. We are guaranteed challenges and hardships on both, but if we take the narrow road we can be assured that God is with us and that our destination is eternal life with Him. If we choose the wide road, we have decided to not ask, seek and knock with our hearts, but instead we are telling the living God a firm ‘thanks, but no thanks’. The destination is an eternal life without God.
I would rather take the narrow road in this life and be part of the multitude in eternity.
‘After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ Revelation 7:9-10