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The Narrow Gate

As I sit here in the quietness of the house at this early hour, Father, my thoughts are drawn to You. Quite often it takes some time for me to actually start typing but I can hear Your call to come and sit with You. Bless our time together. Draw me ever closer. Amen.

Matthew 7:13-14 (<<click the green)

Almost half a century ago we had math – not “new” math, just math. There weren’t multiple ways to come to a conclusion. If you had an apple and added an apple you ended up with two apples. It was pretty cut and dry: 1 + 1 = 2

That’s the way it is with our eternal salvation. There is just one way to obtain the desired end result and, Christ, You are the Way.

A big part of the human mentality is that we bristle when we are told what to do, or be, or believe. We feel we have the right to make our own choices, and that’s all fine and good we decide what to wear for the day or we want for lunch. There are usually multiple combinations that will get to the end result.

We do have the free will to choose how we live our lives and what mindset or collection of philosophies we will adhere to but, like it or not, if our desire is to choose life eternal life – then we must choose the narrow gate. And that gate is Christ. You can argue until you are blue in the face but there are absolutely no other options.

As Paul declared in Philippians 2:9-11,

“Therefore, God elevated him [that is Christ Jesus] to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

When all is said and done the truth will be acknowledged, no matter what we have held to be “true.”

So, Lord, You encourage us,

“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.” NIV

Feb 13th, 2018, Tues, 6:18 am

Straddling the Fence

Father, You woke me up a little earlier than normal this morning. I am eager to see what You have for me. Help me to be attentive – I don’t want to miss a thing.

1 John 5:6-12 (<<click here)

11And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

Many of us like to straddle the fence – we like to keep all of our options open. But with You, Lord, we have to choose. We are either in or we are out – there is no straddling. Having You gives us eternal life, not having You does not – no gray, just a very clear black or white.

But that surely goes against the grain of our societal mindset. We proudly view ourselves as inclusive – no one left out, no one excluded. Everybody’s happy…right? Uh…no. Lots of room for gray and straddling – no room for black and white and absolutes.

One major point to drive home – Lord, You are the originator of inclusivity. The gift of eternal life is extended to everyone – not some, not a few – every one. Not a single person is excluded by You. But we can exclude ourselves. We are not mindless slaves or puppets or robots. We have also been given the gift of free will. Everyone is included but we can choose to be excluded. We can choose to not abide by the rules but we cannot change the rules.

Lord, help me to be all-inclusive in my love as You are but may I always be clear on which side of the fence I stand. I…choose…You.

May 21st, Sun, 5:59 am