Narrow Roads   Leave a comment

Growing up in rural North-Central Ohio, I spend plenty of my commuting time on back roads.  These roads were fine to travel.  Most of them were paved reasonably well, but even the gravel roads seemed to be in good enough condition that one had no worries about safety.  

There was only one thing wrong with these obscure roads, however; they were all narrow.  Everything would seem to be fine if you were the only one on the road.  But if someone should happen to be coming the other way, you would have to slow way down, carefully put your vehicle as far to the right as possible, and hope that the other driver would do the same.  Most drivers used this cautious approach and rarely were there any incidents.

The moral of the story: driving narrow roads takes an increased sense of awareness and caution. 

“Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate 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, NIV.

Jesus instructs those who follow Him to be travelers of the narrow road. 

Life can be easy.  If you treat life as an occasion to get what you can, advance as far as the world will let you, and avoid confrontation at all costs, then you are traveling the wide road.  After all, our society applauds those with fame and fortune, and will even allow these people to dictate our policies and standards.  

Being Pastor of a church can lead into this trap.  I have often struggled with trying to please everybody.  Isn’t it my job to keep everybody happy?  In a word, no.

It is my responsibility as well as yours to live our lives in such a way that we are pleasing the Lord.  This may cause us to change some of our habits and attitudes.  We are called to be like Jesus to the best of our abilities, even when this is not the popular thing to do.  The parameters of my leadership must be dictated by Christ as must the parameters of your lifestyle.  

Following Christ is not always easy.  It takes commitment and determination.  It takes self-discipline and prayer.  

But don’t forget the results.  “Well done, good and faithful servant” is the statement we all want to hear from God when we meet Him face to face.  The narrow road leads to joy in the Lord and the joy of the Lord.  Knowing that we are pleasing Him in all we do fills us with tremendous satisfaction.  

The narrow road can seem to be treacherous at times, especially in the face of opposition.  But following the way of Christ is far and away the most rewarding experience of a lifetime.  After all, this road leads to life! 

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